What is Medical Biochemistry?
A fully functional human requires a precise organisation of cells into tissues and organs. Each of these tissues requires specific interactions between proteins, lipids, nucleic acids etc. in order to function properly. Many human diseases can occur when some of the many thousands of molecules that make up a functioning tissue go wrong. Understanding these diseases and, more importantly, developing therapies that treat or cure them, requires an understanding of the molecular interactions that occur in both normal and diseased tissues. For example, how does a single gene mutation lead to life threatening conditions such as cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anaemia? How can our understanding of the genetics and biochemistry of these diseases lead to either drug treatments? Can novel approaches such gene therapy provide a long-term solution to some of these conditions?
The Medical Biochemistry degree course will address the functioning of normal and diseased organisms from a biochemical point of view. Courses will provide you with a fundamental grounding in the principles of biochemistry, such as protein structure and function. As you progress there will be optional courses that show you how biochemistry allows us to understand and treat diseases. Possible subject areas include the molecular biology of cancer, cell cycle control and genetic diseases.
Many human diseases can occur when some of the many thousands of molecules that
make up a functioning tissue go wrong.