research laboratory

  • Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

    The role of the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory is to carry out isolation, purification, identification, and quantification of chemical components in natural product.  

  • Biodiversity Make Scents - Essential Oil Project

    Biodiversity can generate a wide range of interesting natural ingredients for the development of commercially health and personal care products. Some plants produce volatile and fragrant substances that generally aromatic and possess pleasant odour and essence. Many of these plants have traditionally been used in medicines, as fragrances and flavours for food.

    essential oil

  • Bioinformatics

    Bioinformatics is the field of science in which biology, computer science, and information technology merge into a single discipline. The goal of the field is to enable the discovery of new biological insights as well as to create a global perspective from which unifying principles in biology can be discerned.


    Bioinformatics can be thought of as consisting of two main interdisciplinary sub-fields:

    • the research and development work required to build the software and database infrastructure
    • the computational-based research devoted to understanding and solving biological question

    SBC’s Bioinformatics Programme aims to provide SBC with the IT infrastructure for bioinformatics research, database storage and maintenance and also to fulfill SBC's statutory function to maintain records of and databases for biological resources found in the State.

    The objectives of this programme are to:

    • develop integrated database system to maintain, retrieve, and analyze biological information to assist in research and development programmes
    • develop a distributed traditional knowledge database application to maintain and retrieve traditional knowledge-related data from various communities
    • provide a secure, reliable and scalable management and coordinated access to biological data

    The main output will be a Bioinformatics Data Centre for biodiversity or biological resources databases, research and development; a natural product library and inventory system; traditional knowledge databases on the State's indigenous communities.  The Centre will feature:

    • High-capacity, high-speed and dynamic data storage and retrieval centre for biodiversity and biological databases, biotechnology and bioinformatics research and development
    • Integrated database system from taxonomy to traditional knowledge to natural product library
    • Distributed database application for traditional knowledge documentation
    • Websites on indigenous communities: their heritage and traditional knowledge

    It is envisioned that the Bioinformatics Programme will bring about faster retrieval, accurate and up-to-date information on biodiversity and biological resources for input in the State's decision making process and facilitate in the exchange of materials/information between government agencies and other similar international institutions.

  • Extraction Laboratory

    SBC's Extraction laboratory is the first stop for dried plant samples that are collected from the field collection and from the local communities. All the plant samples will be processed at the Plant Preparation area. The process includes washing, sorting, cutting, drying and grinding the plant samples. The extraction of ground plant samples will be carried out in the extraction laboratory.


  • Microbiology Laboratory

    The microbial world represents one of the largest untapped genetic resources in biodiversity which produce biologically and chemically unique yet diverse natural products compound for drug discoveries. Sarawak, known for its rich flora and fauna, is anticipated too to have a rich microbial diversity.


  • Molecular Biology Laboratory

    The Molecular Biology laboratory focuses on molecular genetics and in vitro cell lines screening. Techniques of modern molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics are utilised along with a full range of research tools such as a DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) sequencer, PCR (polymerase chain reaction machine) and Cytation 3.

    Molecular Biology

  • Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory

    The Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory focuses on the establishment of the protocol to mass propagate targeted plants for the supply of planting materials for research and development and eventually for domestication.

    Planttissueculture Article