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Biochemistry: The molecular basis of life

Biochem_imageIf you've ever wondered how living things work, where they get their energy from, how they make the components they need or what it is that your genes do, then biochemistry is for you.

Molecular medicine is poised to revolutionise human health. Better methods for diagnosis, drug design and therapeutic treatment at the molecular level will improve health outcomes for society. An understanding of the underlying biochemistry of both normal and diseased cells is central to the development of these advances.


Why study Biochemistry?

Biochemistry occupies a central place in the life sciences, and provides a valuable base for courses in the biological sciences and for specialised areas of commerce and law.

Biochemistry teaches you:

  • The structure, function, and development of all life
  • How an organism's biological molecules, their functions, and interactions (both amongst themselves and with molecules in the environment) can be affected by the environment itself
  • About the molecular basis of disease, and insights into how disease can be managed and treated

More information about Biochemistry

Download the Biochemistry infosheet (PDF 1.6 MB) for more information about the following:

  • Background required
  • Careers in Biochemistry
  • The degree programme
  • Teaching style

Please contact the Department of Biochemistry for further details:

Email biochemistry@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/osms/biochemistry