About this course
WHAT IS BIOCHEMISTRY?
Biochemistry is the study of the structure, composition, and chemical reactions of substances in living systems. Biochemistry emerged as a separate discipline when scientists combined biology with organic, inorganic, or physical chemistry and began to study such topics as how living things obtain energy from food, the chemical basis of heredity, and what fundamental changes occur in disease. Biochemistry includes the sciences of molecular biology; immunochemistry; neurochemistry; and bioinorganic, bioorganic, biophysical chemistry and many other. Biochemistry has a wide range of applications. Studying the cell and chemistry of life results in valuable contributions being made in medicine, industry, and society. This knowledge is used in fighting illness and improving the quality of life, making the field interesting, challenging, rewarding, and full of opportunity.
BIOCHEMISTRY AT JUW?
The Department of Biochemistry at JUW offers comprehensive teaching and research program in both basic and applied aspects of Biochemistry. At the same time it maintains a close relationship with the advanced research in the fields of neurochemistry, molecular biology, proteomics, biotechnology and clinical chemistry, reflecting the fundamental significance of biochemistry in these fields. It has a group of highly qualified full-time faculty members with approximately 400 students at graduate level. It is also successfully running MS/PhD programme. The Department houses facilities for modern clinical and proteomic / genomic research. Its laboratories are appropriately equipped for teaching as well as for research in various disciplines of Biochemistry.
CAREERS RELATED TO BIOCHEMISTRY:
Biochemists work in modern research laboratories that stimulate creative work. Often they interact with scientists and specialists from other fields because their research is tied to another discipline. Different colleges and universities employ the majority of biochemists as teachers or researchers in schools of arts and sciences, medicine, engineering, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, agriculture etc. Industries that produce pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, foods, feeds, and consumer products also employ biochemists in research as well as in areas outside the lab such as marketing, management, science information, technical writing, and editing. Drug companies employ biochemists to research the causes of disease and to develop drugs to combat these diseases. Biotechnology companies employ biochemists in research quality control, clinical research, manufacturing, and information systems with applications to the environment, energy, human health care, agriculture, and animal health. Some biochemists also work in hospitals.
Department of Biochemistry,
Jinnah University for Women,
5-C, Nazimabad, Karachi – 74600,
Tel: 02136619902 – Ext – 206
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