The Department of Life Sciences has a modern state-of-the-art laboratory, furnished with a wide range of equipment, glassware and reagents. The 4200 square feet laboratory has two large demonstration rooms and five additional rooms (PCR Room, Tissue Culture Room, etc.) for advanced research. All rooms are air-conditioned and have Wi-Fi capabilities. Each of the bench-tops is equipped with gas, vacuum and water outlets. The infrastructure has been developed by Waldner, a well- known German company.

The Department of Life Sciences currently houses some of the most advanced equipment from well-recognized companies around the world.

    • PCR Machine
    • Real-Time qPCR Machine
    • Double Beam UV/VIS Spectrophotometer
    • Nanodrop UV/VIS Spectrophotometer.
    • Biological Safety Cabinet (Horizontal Laminar Air Flow) Class II Type A2
    • Inverted Fluorescence Microscope
    • Colorimetric ELISA Plate Reader
    • Fluorescence ELISA Plate Reader
    • PCR Workstation with Blower & UV
    • Semi-Automatic Clinical Chemical Analyzer
    • Vertical Gel Electrophoresis System
    • Horizontal Gel Electrophoresis System
    • Mega-Gel System (High-Throughput Gel Electrophoresis)
    • Western Blotting Transfer System
  • Fume Hood

Research Project done by DLS Students

Antimicrobial resistance pattern and presence of extended spectrum β-lactamase in coliforms isolated from shrimp samples collected from local markets around Dhaka city.

Emergence of β– lactamase producing antibiotic resistant bacteria has now become a global challenge. Uncontrolled use of antibiotics to prevent bacterial infections in aquaculture specially during shrimp farming might cause the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria. So the objective of the study was to find out the prevalence of extended spectrum beta lactamase among isolated coliforms and to demonstrate their drug resistance pattern. A total of 16 shrimp samples from local markets around Dhaka city were collected and 30(n) isolates were chosen from all the different samples using selective media. All isolates were identified presumptively through biochemical tests and antibiotic resistance pattern were observed against seven different antibiotics by Kirby Bauer disc diffusion test. Double disc
synergy test was performed to detect ESBL producers following CLSI guidelines.

Antimicrobial resistance pattern of Enterobacteriaceae isolated from shrimp samples collected from local markets around Dhaka city.

Shrimp cultivation and exportation play a vital role as second foreign currency earner in Bangladesh. Shrimp also has highly appetizing value and an impressive nutritional profile which makes it a popular food item to the local consumers as well. Multidrug resistant bacteria are increasing due to lack of knowledge of using antibiotics in shrimp industry. So the purpose of this study was to evaluate the drug resistance pattern among isolated Enterobacteriaceae from shrimp samples which were collected from local markets of north Dhaka city.