Our Department is both teaching and research intensive. Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology are foundational disciplines in biological and life sciences. The degree programmes offered do not only prepare graduates for a large diversity of postgraduate specializations but also for the local and international job market. Through its 60 research leaders, the Department currently mentors 71 BSc Honours students, more than 250 MSc and PhD candidates and 40 postdoctoral researchers. The research focus of the 30 research groups broadly includes human and animal health, plant-pathogen interactions, bio-economy, bio-informatics and biodiversity. We foster strong intra-and interfaculty linkages within UP, as well as inter-institutional and industry ties. Our goal is to advance basic and applied knowledge and skills that contribute to solutions for the grand challenges facing South Africa, Africa and the rest of the globe.