Laboratory experiments are fundamental to the programs offered in the Faculty of Health Sciences. They not only provide a vital means for implementing the stated programs’ objectives, but support the Faculty’s keen commitment to equally enhance theoretical education with a world-class applied education.
The Faculty of Health Sciences houses 10 state-of-the-art laboratory facilities distributed over more than 2000 m2. These laboratories are compatible with world’s standards and furnish students with the needed tools to hone their applied skills in the various areas of their studies. The laboratories are:
The FHS boasts the hosting of one of the most advanced laboratories in bio-analytical toxicology in terms of equipment and trained staff. The lab is adequately equipped with a range of up-to-date analytical chemistry equipment including liquid and gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and atomic absorption. The lab is a hub for research and development, training in addition to testing services that include clinical analysis, neonatal screening, forensic chemistry & toxicology, drug and toxin screening, food chemistry, environmental, pharmaceutical and petrochemical analysis and genetic diseases. It is worth noting that the lab is accredited under ISO 17025:2005 standards and has obtained Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) certification for drug quality control and bioequivalence studies.
Biology Laboratory (BL)
The Biology Laboratory (BL) is a service facility to the Faculty of Health Sciences. It serves to enrich students with comprehensive education in Biology. The objective of this laboratory is to provide undergraduate as well graduate students testing and research facilities in cell biology, biochemistry, histology, microbiology and hematology.
The BL is equipped with high-tech apparati ranging from binocular microscopes and lab stirrer hotplates, to centrifuges, electrophoresis machines, and spectrophotometers. This equipping makes this laboratory compatible with contemporary laboratories of this nature.
The Biology Laboratory is designed to accommodate 18 students at any one time in addition to the laboratory instructor and assistant. The BL has a dedicated and a secured space of about 60 m2.
Biotechnology Research Laboratory (BRL)
The Biotechnology Research Laboratory (BRL) serves to enrich graduate students with comprehensive education in biotechnology. This facility provides a valuable tool for research and development, screening of genetic diseases, DNA-based human identification, molecular diagnosis of microbes and cancer and quality control.
The BRL is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments ranging from thermal cyclers, automated sequencer, electroporator to an automated ELISA system.
The BRL is designed to accommodate 12 students at any one time in addition to other related laboratory personnel. The BRL has a dedicated and a secured space of about 70 m2.
Chemistry and Pharmaceutics Laboratory (CPL)
The Chemistry and Pharmaceutics Laboratory (CPL) is a service facility to the Faculty of Health Sciences. It serves to enrich students with comprehensive education in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Undergraduate and graduate students can perform testing as well as research in this laboratory.
This laboratory is designed to accommodate 24 students at any one time in addition to the laboratory instructor and assistant. The CPL has a dedicated and a secured space of about 80 m2.
Medical Physiology Laboratory (MPL)
The Medical Physiology Laboratory (MPL) serves to enrich FHS students with comprehensive education in Medical Physiology and Anatomy. The MPL is equipped with state-of-the-art gears ranging from anatomical charts, medical textbooks, multi-media packages, and physiological models to clinical and medical monitoring and diagnostic instruments. The MPL is designed around the fundamentals of the 11 major physiological organ systems of the human body, namely: integumentary, endocrine, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, reproductive, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, skeletal, and muscular. The MPL is also prepared to allow the study of various aspects of physiology in higher animals.
The Quantitative Medical Physiology Laboratory is also designed to accommodate 15 students at any one time in addition to the laboratory instructor and assistant. The QMPL has a dedicated and a secured space of about 60 m2.
This facility provides a valuable tool for research and development, screening of genetic diseases, DNA profiling in forensic science, histo-compatibility in organ transplantation, identification of microbes, drug-resistance, cancer, quality control, and agriculture.
The MBL is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments ranging from a giant DNA model, thermal cyclers, and an imaging system to genetic analyzers, a manual sequencer, and electroporator.
The Molecular Biology Laboratory is designed to accommodate 12 students at any one time in addition to the laboratory instructor and assistant. The BML has a dedicated and a secured space of about 80 m2.
Molecular Genetics Laboratory (MGL)
The Molecular Genetics Laboratory (MGL) at the Faculty of Health Sciences is a state-of-the-art facility that is designed to provide students with cutting-edge technologies for education and research. The facility is specialized in genetic testing of genetically modified organisms as well as genetic diseases. The lab houses the HLA facility that conducts histocompatibility testing for organ and tissue transplantation.
Optics and Optometry Laboratory (OOL)
Clinical training and laboratory experiments are fundamental to the Optics and Optometry (OAO) program. The primary purpose of the labs is to provide a high quality learning environment for optometry students. The laboratories provide a vital means for applying the stated programs’ objectives; also they enhance the theoretical knowledge with essential practical education.
The OAO Department encompasses three laboratory facilities. These laboratories are equipped with the essential equipment and instruments to develop the students’ applied skills in the various areas of their studies.
a) Contact Lens Lab:
The contact lens lab is equipped with the necessary instruments to fit various kinds of contact lenses. The machines available are used universally in clinics and contact lens workshops. The lab also serves as advanced testing techniques facility, where students are trained to perform ancillary vision tests.
b) Dispensing Lab:
The dispensing lab is the core lab at the OAO departments. It is furnished with basic and advanced instruments to test the lenses, fit and adjust the optical, both manually and automatically. The lab stocks an impressive range of frames and lenses which are available for the students to enhance their dispensing skills.
c) Refraction Lab:
The refraction lab consists of 3 examination rooms that have been designed to simulate an optometric refraction clinic. Each room is equipped with the necessary tool to perform comprehensive eye examinations. This lab also serves as the site for the primary eye clinic where an ophthalmologist provides ocular testing services for students and staff.