The unit of Multi Discipline Laboratories 1 (hereinafter refered to as MD Lab 1) was started in 1964, one year after the founding of the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Malaya. Ever since its formation, the Unit had been involved with the serving of the Preclinical Departments of the faculty.The Medical Year I in 1964 were made of 64 students, hence 4 laboratories were commissioned as a start of MD Lab 1 and every year that followed until 1968, saw the commissioning of 2 additional laboratories, as the student intakes were increased by 32 each year. In 1972, the MD Labs saw the first intake of 32 Dental Year 1 students and 2 more student laboratory facilities were accorded. At this time, all the laboratories in MD Lab 1 (totaling 10) were commissioned and functional, serving both the Medical and Dental Students.

In 1982, two wings of the MD Lab 1 were extended, resulting in the creation of 6 more laboratories in order to provide laboratory facilities in order to provide laboratory facilities for additional increase of Medical and Dental Students intakes

The MD Labs 1, since its inception, also looked after the laboratories facilities for the B.Sc (Biochemistry) for year 2 and 3 students. The Biochemistry laboratories were situated on the ground floor of the end of the eastern wing of the MD Lab 1. However this responsibility was relinquished in 1986 when it was decided to permanently shift these Biochemistry laboratories to another site in the campus.

In 1993, MD Lab 1 took up additional responsibilities in providing of laboratory facilities to the Biomedical Sciences and Diploma of Medical Laboratory Technology Programme and in 1995 to Pharmacy students.

Previous Unit Head

Name Year
Wee Sian Lip
1964 -1975
R. Saminathan
Acting Head until 1983
Mohd. Ghazali bin Md. Isa
1983 – March 2000
Tong Ngin Hok
March 2000 2011

Present Unit Head

Name Year
Thomas al Verghese Mei 2011 until now