Research into biological phenomena at the molecular level has advanced the frontiers of science over the past thirty years. New developments in molecular and cell biology, together with the new ‘omics sciences: genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics, create challenging opportunities for the modern biochemist. The excitement of new discovery in our subject is set to continue for many years to come. Our most important contribution to society will be the young graduates and post-graduates who will be leaders in scientific research, industry, government and teaching.
Biochemistry is often described as the 'Chemistry of Life' because it aims to understand how the molecules that define the structure, function and diversity of all living things interact to create and sustain ‘life’. It is an exciting science that combines the molecular approach of Chemistry with the breadth of Biology. Biochemists use varied and powerful experimental techniques to examine living organisms, their component parts and the molecules that play a role in the chemistry of the cell.Careers in Biochemistry
Graduates in Biochemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at UCD are well equipped with the skills required to pursue a career in any avenue of biochemical research, including the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries, forensic science and clinical laboratories. The subject would also be most appropriate for those students wishing to apply for graduate entry into Medicine.