School of Biological and Chemical Sciences


The Biochemistry Department at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences aims to understand the structural and dynamic properties of living systems on scales from molecules to cells. We employ state-of-the-art equipment for X-ray crystallography, NMR and EPR spectroscopy, cryo-electron microscopy and multiple forms of fluorescence microscopy.


The Biochemistry department is responsible for the delivery of the Biochemistry BSc and MSci degree programmes. In addition, we make major contributions to the Biomedical Sciences BSc degree programme, the Queen Mary/Nanchang joint degree in Biomedical Sciences, the Bioinformatics MSc programme and the Science and Engineering Foundation Programme.

The fourth year of the MSci programme focuses on a research project, during which students begin to evolve into research scientists and become part of the research community at SBCS.

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Our research is centred on the themes of Structural Biology and Cell Dynamics. Within Cell Dynamics we have particular focus on the areas of Chromosome Biology & Cytoskeletal Networks and Photosynthesis, Bioenergetics & Microbial Physiology. Learn more about the Biochemistry research themes by clicking the boxes below.

Research Themes

Learn more about our structural biology research.

Learn more about our chromosome biology and cytoskeletal networks research.

Learn more about our photosynthesis, bioenergetics and microbial physiology research.