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



Chemistry of life

Chemistry of life

Division Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology

Welcome to the University of Pretoria's Division of Biochemistry. This Division forms part of the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology.

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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 Division 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




Chair of Division:

Prof Anabella Gaspar



For more information, please contact us.















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