The academic staff of the Department provides professional consultation and diagnostic services to other statutory boards, hospitals, and the industry in Singapore as well as to other ASEAN countries:

  • EBV serology for diagnosis of nasopharyngeal carcinoma
  • HLA typing for disease diagnosis and transplantation
  • EBV and CMV DNA copy number
  • Hepatitis B & C quality control
  • Detection of HBV and HCV antigens and antibodies
  • Malaria diagnosis and proficiency testing

The Department also serves as reference centres for hepatitis and malaria.

Members of the Department are actively engaged in public services, serving as members of the following:

  • Advisory committees to national organizations:
    • Ministry of Health
    • Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources
    • National Science and Technology Board
    • Singapore Accreditation Council
    • Singapore Association for Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • Singapore Cancer Society
    • Singapore Science Centre
    • Singapore Zoological Gardens
  • Expert committees in the Ministry of Health on:
    • Epidemic Diseases
    • Medical Clinical Research
    • National Immunization Programme
    • Quality Control and Biological Standards for Hepatitis
  • Expert committees to international organizations:
    • Genetics of Industrial Microorganisms
    • Hong Kong Research Grant Council
    • Taxonomy of Pseudomonas
    • World Health Organisation
  • Councils of professional associations:
    • Asia Pacific Society for Applied Phycology
    • Asia Pacific Society for Marine Biotechnology
    • Committee of Asia Pacific Electron Microscopy Societies
    • Federation of Asia Pacific Microbiological Societies
    • International Society for Applied Phycology
    • International Union of Microbiological Societies
    • Microscopy Society (Singapore)
    • Singapore National Academy of Sciences

Staff members also serve on the Editorial Boards of local and international journals:

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  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Molecular and Biology and Biotechnology
  • Environmental Toxicology and Water Quality
  • Epidemiological News Bulletin Singapore
  • Immunology
  • Journal of Applied Phycology
  • Journal of Fermentation and Bioscience
  • Journal of Food Science and Technology
  • Journal of Medical Virology
  • Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine
  • Journal of Molecular Catalysis: Enzymatic
  • Journal of Virological Methods
  • Marine Biotechnology
  • Phytological Research