Center for Basic Biomedical Research

The Center for Basic Biomedical Research (CBBR) emanated from the Basic Research Unit (BRU) which was created in 1995 and was tasked with integrating and coordinating all research projects in the Basic Sciences, as well as, strengthening institutional research programs and projects. Here and now, the CBBR is more focused on biomedical amelioration. It is directed towards the advancement of medical science through cutting-edge biomedical researches and amenities whilst having special services geared towards public safety pursuits. It aims to promote and upgrade biomedical research productivity through research capability building, research facility and systems development, research information training and utilization, and collaborative basic research endeavors. It, as well as, aims to assist in the global quest for safe consumption of food and water. It comprises of three units that serve to highlight DLSMHSI Research Division’s key research strengths, distinctive edge and competitive advantages. These units are, the Interdisciplinary Science and Research Unit, the Laboratory Testing and Services Unit, and the Animal Research Unit.


The Interdisciplinary Sciences and Research Unit (IDSRU) promotes and coordinates the development of cutting-edge research initiatives that span academic disciplines and institutional boundaries. It provides a modern laboratory infrastructure, support facilities and specialized equipment that strengthen laboratory-based interdisciplinary and collaborative researches. The IDSRU facilities are established to systematize access to shared resources, minimize cost of innovative technologies, and expand the base of basic research via a strong research infrastructure.


The Laboratory Testing and Services Unit (LTSU) houses the DOH Accredited Water Testing laboratory and the Food testing laboratory of the CBBR and offers high quality testing services to serve the needs of hospitals, medical research centers, medical and diagnostic centers and other potential clients. It is the Center’s main income-generating arm which help generate matching funds to sustain its research mission. As a unit, its research thrust is based more on microbiological studies.


The Animal Research Unit (ARU) is a BAI-certified Animal Research Laboratory which provides a well-controlled environment for animal research, teaching and biological testing. The core facility supports excellence in research by ensuring humane and responsible use of laboratory animals through appropriate training and surveillance.

The IDSRU and ARU laboratories implement an open-door policy in an effort to serve users from different disciplines, colleges and/or institutions. The Laboratories are available to all communities for research, instruction, or training purposes.

The CBBR, as it focuses on the need for world-class researches and facilities, further envisions the promotion of high-quality and innovative researches, recruitment of more biomedical-oriented research consultants, a continuing facility upgrade, strengthening of linkages with other medical and research institutions, and an enhanced dissemination of research data.




To pursue quality public health by advancing medical science through cutting-edge biomedical researches and extension services




To be recognized as a world-class biomedical research, testing and training center.




Discovery and Excellence

Leadership and Innovation

Service and Accountability




Research Intensity

  1. To promote high-quality, thematic and innovative researches
  2. To attract, develop and retain world-class research talents
  3. To provide efficient research support services and infrastructure


Research Collaboration

  1. To encourage interdisciplinary, collaborative, and transformative researches
  2. To sustain institutional capacity for biomedical research innovation through shared resources and expertise
  3. To forge partnership and networks across institutional, national and international boundaries


Research Dissemination

  1. To generate publication-worthy research outputs
  2. To raise public awareness and visibility of CBBR researches and services through participatory approaches
  3. To expand venues for research dissemination with the public and scientific community


Research Translation

  1. To increase engagement among researchers, users and other stakeholders
  2. To optimize knowledge transfer and mobilization across different levels of decision-making in the health policy system
  3. To provide assistance in seeking funding to support translation of research into practice and policies, or into commercial products



Interdisciplinary Science and Research Unit (IDSRU)

  1. Assist in the development and coordination of interdisciplinary research partnerships and activities
  2. Provide training, membership and support to enhance research capacity, grant-writing and grant seeking skills
  3. Disseminate and improve translation of research findings


Laboratory Testing and Services Unit (LTSU)

  1. Offer professional and responsive services that meet all pertinent regulatory requirements
  2. To aid in global missions for public safety through quality food and water microbiological analysis
  3. Provide clients with
    a.Reliable and accurate results
    b.On-time delivery and efficient turn-around time
    c. High level services at competitive prices


Animal Research Unit (ARU)

  1. Guarantee quality care for all animals used in teaching, testing and research
  2. Ensure that scientific procedures involving animals are consistent with existing laws and regulations
  3. Act as a resource unit for laboratory animal care and use, and best practices for animal studies



The CBBR is under the direct management of the Research Administration and Development Department which is led by the department’s Director. The center also, takes directives from the Research Division’s top management or the Vice Chancellor.

The basic organizational structure of the CBBR is that’s it is headed by an Associate Director who initiates and promotes the development of an evolving Center through basic biomedical research programs which targets to attain the center’s goals. Each unit under the center is managed by a specific Unit Head who takes an active role in planning, coordinating, and monitoring all activities under each section. Research assistants or Analysts provide technical support to the unit and its researchers, as well as implements all the objectives of the CBBR. Aside from this, the CBBR also has a technical officer which oversees the technical operation of the center and a quality officer which ensures that utmost excellence is obtained by the CBBR. Their major roles and functions are enumerated below.



IDSRU (Laboratory is undergoing Renovation, End date for renovation is December 1, 2016)

  1. Facilitating and Coordinating services for interdisciplinary and collaborative research initiatives
  2. Training and consulting
  3. Technical assistance and other research support services
  4. Use of laboratory infrastructure capable of basic/ general sciences and research
  5. Use of Microbiology Laboratory (Biosafety Level 2)
  6. Use of Eukaryotic Cell Culture capable laboratory (to be offered soon)
  7. Phytochemical Screening (to be offered soon)
  8. Antioxidant Assays (to be offered soon)
  9. Cytotoxicity Assay (to be offered soon)



  1. Commercial culture media and diagnostic reagents
  2. Bacteriological analysis of water
  3. Bacteriological analysis of food
  4. Bacterial detection and enumeration
  5. Antimicrobial evaluation of plant extracts and phytochemicals
  6. Specialized tests and contract researches
  7. Training and consulting



  1. Animal anesthesia
  2. Post anesthetic monitoring
  3. Surgical preparation
  4. Post-surgical monitoring
  5. Drug/compound dosing (gavage, injection)
  6. Training and consulting
  7. Technical assistance and other research support services