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In order to build National capability in the new bioscience, University of the Punjab established a nucleus Centre for Advanced studies in Molecular Biology. In 1986, the Ministry of Education upgraded the University Centre into a National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology. In April 1987, the Federal Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST) approved the establishment of a Centre for Applied Molecular Biology (CAMB), located back to back with the laboratory block of the Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB).


The twin component of Molecular Biology Laboratory Complex is spread over 60 acres of lad, with covered area of 7000 square meters, including a Laboratory Block, a Teaching Block, a Hostel for Ph.D Research Scholars. The Laboratory Block is divided into four separate research units comprising a total of 20 Research Labs. and four Conference Rooms, one Production Unit and one Support Facilities Unit comprising a Lab-aid Section (for washing, autoclaving and media preparation), an Animal House, an Insectary, six large Plant Growth Rooms, and storage space for research materials. The Teaching Block consists of a well equipped Library, Seminar Hall, Photography, Computer Rooms, a Conference Hall, Director's Office, Administration and Accounts Section. There is a self service canteen a dining hall, and 11 rooms in the research scholars hostel.