Biochemistry lies at the heart of the medical sciences. From the discovery of DNA to the sequencing of the human genome, biochemists have made some of the most important scientific advances in the past 60 years. At the School of Biochemistry we have world-class scientists who use state-of-the-art facilities to perform the research that will help to make the discoveries of the next sixty years. At the same time we aim to educate and inspire the next generation of scientists.
In their final year all of our undergraduates have the opportunity to carry out a major piece of research. Here they develop technical, problem-solving and team working skills that are hugely valued by employers. It is this experience that convinces many of them to pursue a career in biochemistry and practical research experience helps them obtain positions in leading laboratories in academia and industry. When we developed eBiolabs we wanted our students to have a head start developing these important skills so we included all the major techniques that they are likely to encounter in a way that makes them easy to understand.
During the first and second year our undergraduates are trained in our excellently equipped teaching labs. Here they learn how to be scientists, using techniques such as ion exchange chromatography to purify just one protein from a mixture of thousands or molecular biology to clone a bacterial gene. But it's not just the techniques that are important, our students also learn how to formulate questions and analyse data. At the School of Biochemistry we have developed eBiolabs until it is probably the best system of its kind because to us, science is about being a scientist, not just learning about science.