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What is Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is the part of science concerned with the chemistry of living organisms. It stands at the crossroads between physical science (chemistry and physics) and life sciences (botany, zoology, microbiology, and genetics).
Biochemistry is the study of the structure and behaviour of the complex molecules found in living organisms and the interaction of these molecules to form cells, tissues and whole organisms. Exciting new fields such as molecular biology, bioengineering, and bioinformatics are part of modern biochemistry.

What do Biochemists do?

Biochemists work at unravelling the complex chemical reactions that form the basis of life. Topics studied by Biochemists include biological processes such as cell development and cell growth as well as the chemical basis for inheritance and disease. The roles of specific molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, vitamins, and hormones in specific biological processes are investigated. The knowledge gained and methods developed by biochemists are applied in medicine, agriculture, food production, and in many chemical and health-related industries.


 

Links

The South African Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biochemical Society (UK)
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS)
The  International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB)


 

 Biochemistry Lecturers

Dr Frans O'Neill

Dr Frans O'Neill

Programme Director
+27 51 401 7553
OneillFH@ufs.ac.za

Dr Charlotte Boucher

Dr Charlotte Boucher

+27 51 401 7467
BoucherCE@ufs.ac.za

Leon du Preez

Leon du Preez

+27 51 401 2472
LategandupreezL@ufs.ac.za

Dr Gabre Kemp

Dr Gabré Kemp

+27 51 401 7464
KempG@ufs.ac.za

Prof Trudi O'Neill

Prof Trudi O'Neill

+27 51 401 2122
OneillHG@ufs.ac.za

Prof Dirk Opperman

Prof Dirk Opperman

+27 51 401 2714
OpperDJ@ufs.ac.za

Prof Martie Smit

Prof Martie Smit

Academic Head of Department
+27 51 401 2219
SmitMS@ufs.ac.za

Dr Carmien Tolmie

Dr Carmien Tolmie

+27 51 401 2396
TolmieC@ufs.ac.za


FACULTY CONTACT

Faculty Manager: Velaphi Makgwahla
T: + 27 51 401 3199
E: makgwahlamvt@ufs.ac.za

Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531
E: lottere@ufs.ac.za

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