The National Node for European Molecular Biology Network and is designated as a Resource Centre for Molecular Life Sciences, by the International Programme in Chemical Sciences, University of Uppsala, Sweden.

The pioneer in the field of Molecular Life Sciences and internationally recognized for postgraduate training and research.

Among state sector Universities and Institutes in Sri Lanka IBMBB is the first and the only Institute selected to host Commonwealth Scholarships in 2014 in the field of Biomedical Sciences


IBMBB Research highlights

The first Molecular Genetics studies on

  • BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 in breast cancer in Sri Lankan women
  • IGF -1 Genotypes implicated in birth weight
  • Leptin and leptin receptor in pregnancy induced hypertension
  • Growth hormone releasing hormone receptor mutations in children with short stature
  • Characterization of Filarial genes

The First Molecular Biological study on

  • Phytoplasma affecting Sugar Cane and other plants
  • Traditional rice
  • Tea accession of Sri Lanka
  • Mustard accessions and successful breeding with Canola
  • identifying Macrophoma theicola as a pathogen causing stem canker of Tea

A three semester programme with each semester running for 20 weeks. This course will provide advance training and a strong foundation in branches of Molecular Life Sciences. First two semesters are by course work with extensive laboratory training. Third semester is a research project organized to give training in research methodology.

Eligibility and Course Fee

We are looking for graduates in Biological / Medical (Western) / Dental I Veterinary I Agricultural Sciences.

Course fee: Rs. 500,000/= (non refundable) to be paid before registration and a refundable laboratory deposit of Rs. 30,000/=.


Application and Selection Procedure

Application forms and course contents can be downloaded from the website or obtained from the Senior Assistant Registrar/IBMBB on any working day from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. or by sending a self addressed, stamped envelope of size 10.7” x 7″. A personal statement of not more than 1000 words should also be submitted with the application. At the time of submission of the application form a payment of Rs. 1500/= should be made either by cash or by cheque drawn in favour of “Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology”.

Candidates for the above MSc course will be required to sit for an admission examination and appear for an interview. Minimum number of students per each course will be eight

Closing date: Applications will be accepted until 20th November 2013.

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit IBMBB in person on the OPEN DAY on 5th November 2013


Other Short Term Training at IBMBB

Certificate Course in Molecular Biology Techniques

Course is of 45 hours duration. Participants will get an opportunity to get hands on experience in essential Molecular Biology techniques. Course fee: Rs. 40,000


Certificate Course in Cell Culture Techniques

Course is of 45 h duration and consists of theory and practical’s with hands on experience in basic cell culture techniques.

Course fee: Rs. 50.000


Certificate Course in Immunological Techniques

Course is of 45 h duration and consist of theory and practicals with hands on experience in basic immunological techniques Course fee: Rs. 30.000


Workshops in Basic Molecular Biology for A/L Biology teachers

Online programme with 3 days hands on experience (scheduled to commence in early 2014)


Workshops in HPLC and Separation Techniques

A three day workshop consisting of theory and practical aspects of HPLC and related liquid chromatographic techniques.


Workshops in Bioinformatics

This workshop will cover basic techniques in Bioinformatics


For more information contact Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

90, Cumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha, Colombo 03

Telephone: 011 2552528 Fax: 011 2553683 E-mail: or see below image

MSc in Molecular Life Sciences Degree from University of Colombo -Application Open till 5th November 2013

MSc in Molecular Life Sciences Degree from University of Colombo -Application Open till 5th November 2013

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