Animal Facilities

Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) Facility

BRIMS Animal Facility is known as Malaysia’s first Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) facility and home to approximately 1,000 Mice and Rats.

We have introduced procedures to import SPF rats and C57BL6N mice with health certifications into Malaysia and created two lines transgenic Wister rats with EGFP-labeled GnRH and GnIH neurons to study neuroendocrinology and several experimental animal models (depression model, Social Isolation model and sexual dysfunction model).


Left picture: SPF animal facility. Right picture: Animal holding system.

Behavioural Analysis

We have established a behavior system to study neuropsychiatryic disorders, sexual dysfunction and sleep disorders using rodent and fish models.

Behaviours analyzed in the SPF animal facility


Left picture: Animal behaviour analysis system. Right picture: Limelight software.

  • Anxiety-like behavior (Open field test, Light dark transition test, Elevated plus maze)
  • Depressive behavior (Force swimming test, Sucrose preference test)
  • Circadian rhythm, Sleep disorder (Home cage activity)
  • Schizophrenia-like behavior (Prepulse inhibition test)
  • Social interactive behavior (Social interaction test , Aggressive behaviour, Sexual behaviour)
  • Learning and memory (Object placement test, Eight-arm radial maze)
  • Addiction (conditioned place preference test)

Fish Facility

The BRIMS Fish Facility holds the zebrafish (Danio rerio) and tilapia on different developmental stage. This fish facility holds wild-type (RW) and various genetically modified of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) introduced from RIKEN Japan and Germany. Featured as a biomedical research model with great advantages, we have also established a behavior system to study addiction, neuropsychiatryic disorders, and sleep disorders using fish model. In addition, we conduct several technical services, including toxicity test, drug screening, creating transgenic fish, gene targeting using fish model.


Left picture: Tilapia Holding System. Right picture: Zebrafish (Danio Rerio).

Behaviours analyzed in the fish facility


Left picture: Fish behaviour tracking system. Right picture: Lolitrack.

  • Anxiety and fear response (Novel tank diving test)
  • Addiction (Conditional place preference test)
  • Addiction (larval zebrafish locomotor behaviour)
  • Sleep disorder (short-term immobilization)
  • Social defeat

Services available:

  • AEC Application
  • Operation of Animal
  • Pharmacological study
  • Behaviour test

Animal Facility Services Request Form

Contact Person

Associate Professor Tomoko Soga
Tel: +603-5514 6223
Office : Room 3-3-04
Email: tomoko.soga@monash.edu

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