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What is biochemistry?

Biochemistry is the fundamental subject in all of the biological and medical sciences and has been the foundation for many of the great scientific discoveries such as solving the structure of DNA and elucidating complex mechanisms that underlie many human diseases.
Almost half of all of the Nobel prizes in the fields of Physiology/Medicine and of Chemistry have been given to discoveries in Biochemistry. Biochemistry has unveiled the molecular blueprint of living systems without which many of the drugs and disease therapies in use today would not exist.

What do we do?

In Biochemistry we study the molecular basis of life. Within our School the scientific questions explored cover a wide range of topics including cancer biology, obesity, diabetes, neurobiology, neurodegeneration, autoimmunity, parasitology, immune-metabolism, protein structure and drug development. The intellectual life of the School has recently being enriched by our relocation to a state-of-the-art facility, the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, which has enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues in immunology, medicine, pharmacy, chemistry and neuroscience.

Why study biochemistry at Trinity?

We are a collegial and energetic community of researchers with a genuine enthusiasm and passion for teaching. As a training environment we provide expertise in a wide range of techniques that address the molecular and cellular mechanisms essential to understanding health and disease. Our commitment to research-led teaching means that Biochemistry delivers an education of the highest international standard.
In Biochemistry there is an emphasis on developing practical skills and on the cultivation of independent thinking and critical analysis. As a result, graduates of Biochemistry are recognised worldwide for their excellent practical and scientific knowledge. Many of our graduates go on to engage in postgraduate research in our School and are also recruited to other prestigious research institutes worldwide. Apart from biomedical research, a myriad of career pathways are open to graduates including careers in the pharmaceutical industry, companies that conduct clinical trials, hospital laboratory sciences, scientific journalism, broadcasting and media, finance, and teaching. Biochemistry also provides excellent training for graduate entry into medicine and pharmacy.

Biochemistry Junior Sophister
Course Adviser: Dr Derek Nolan

Biochemistry Senior Sophister
Course Adviser: Dr Daniela Zisterer

Teaching material is available on Blackboard

Last updated 23 November 2017 (Email).