Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
There are currently six academic staff members and six part-time lecturers within the department offering undergraduate and postgraduate training in Biochemistry and Biotechnology studies. In these pages, information is provided on the courses offered, the research focus of each staff member and information on how to apply to the university to further your studies in the disciplines of Biochemistry and Technology.
Current and prospective students are encouraged and welcome to contact any staff member in the department for further enquiries related to their discipline or field of research interest.
Purpose of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Biochemistry is the application of chemistry to the study of biological processes at the cellular and molecular level. It emerged as a diverse discipline around the beginning of the 20th century when scientists combined chemistry, physiology and biology to investigate the chemistry of living systems. Biochemistry is offered as major course towards offering both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. It provides explanations for the causes of many diseases in humans, animals and plants. Biochemists pursue to understand how molecules such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, hormones, nucleic acids, enzymes, phytochemicals and vitamins function and are regulated in different biological systems. Knowledge gained in studying biochemical molecules provides students with independent research skill which is translated into further industrial research.
Biochemistry and Biotechnology Contact Details
All general queries should be directed to:
Acting Head of Department: Dr Sechene Stanley Gololo
Contact Number: +27 (12) 521 4372
Department of Biochemistry
P.O. Box 235