The laboratory is a teaching and research facility. The laboratory was established under the auspices of DANIDA - ENRECA (Enhancement of Research Capacity) program with the aim of training African scientists and generating scientific information necessary for conservation of Africa’s wildlife resources. It is a teaching and research Laboratory that utilizes genetic information in biological macromolecules (Proteins, DNA and RNA) to address numerous questions and has a potential for application in a wide range of biological fields such as molecular medicine, agricultural and livestock improvement and wildlife genetics.
It is capable of handling most molecular biology problems ranging from DNA and RNA extraction through to sequencing, genotyping selected genes and gene cloning. Initially, research in the laboratory was focused on documenting amount and distribution of genetic diversity in Africa’s large mammals but has now expanded to include genetics major wildlife and livestock, pathogens, microbial and plant genetics. The lab has recently received funding from the European Union under the CONTRAST Project. The lab is connected to the local area network.