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Organic chemistry is the study of carbon compounds. Biochemistry is the study of carbon compounds that crawl.
— Mike Adams



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Welcome to the University of Pretoria's Department of Biochemistry. 

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Biochemistry, originally developed as a small crossover field between Biology and Chemistry, has matured over the years into an autonomous discipline that focuses on the molecular aspects of Biology. It shares techniques and interests with many other Life Sciences such as Microbiology, Pharmacology, Genetics, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Virology, Physiology and Food Sciences, but still retains firm links to Chemistry and Physics. In this sense, Biochemistry is the central discipline of all natural sciences.

At the University of Pretoria, the Department of Biochemistry focuses on molecular aspects of Diseases of Poverty including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria as well as antimicrobial peptides. It also lays a strong emphasis on Structural Biology and Tea Research.

Prospective students are encouraged to browse the available academic programmes on offer. Click here for more information. 

Departmental Administrator:

Ms Saronda Fillis




Head of Department

Prof Wolf-Dieter Schubert

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