Research Laboratory, Juma Building
About the Lab
The Research Laboratory at Juma Building has been a key feature of the University infrastructure for research since 1999. At any given time, teams of energetic and dedicated researchers work in the areas of immunohistochemistry, cell and molecular biology, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, genetics, cancer and tissue banking.
Keeping in view the regional spectrum of health needs and pattern of communicable diseases, this was the first purpose-built and fully functional Biosafety Level 3 facility in Pakistan that allowed researchers to conduct work on exotic and potentially lethal bacteria and viruses.
This lab has also functioned as a preemptive unit to introduce new laboratory techniques that became preferred bio-analytical methods in research and diagnostics at the University Hospital. Till 2004, it was the only facility in Pakistan that could offer Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing for tuberculosis. Eventually, the PCR technology was acquired by the Aga Khan University Hospital Laboratory and national labs.
The only facility that could support testing for anthrax in the 2001 bio-terrorism case at a leading newspaper’s office in Karachi, Pakistan.
Research Laboratory, Juma Lab regularly back-stops the University Hospital labs for several key tests.
To date, 60 projects have been completed and 151 papers published based on the work done in the lab.
Biosafety Level-2 Laboratory supports working with organisms/ biological samples of moderate risk.
State-of-the-art microscopy and tissue culture suite
State-of-the-art imaging suite
Biological safety cabinets,
Sophisticated equipment: Refrigerated centrifuges and CO2 incubators.
Biosafety Level-3 Laboratory supports working with highly infectious organisms/ biological samples.
State-of-the-art suites for bacteriology/parasitology, virology & TB culture respectively
In addition to the above, each bench space has
Controlled environment withante room
locks, negative pressure monitors at each door
Biological safety cabinets connected to the building’s central exhaust system
Kill tank connected to every sink inside BSL3
Storage facility with ULT freezers and liquid nitrogen tank for biological samples.
Stored items include consumables, chemicals and reagents, and biological samples (imported cell lines and antibodies).
Round-the-clock electricity supply.
Safe environment (Restricted access, logging and monitoring and surveillance round the clock).
Efficient alarms (hooter, fire bell, smoke/fume detectors).