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The Department of Biochemistry’s research addresses a wide range of questions relating to the fundamental basis of all cellular life from man to microbes, and aims to explain the structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids in order to better understand the mechanisms of many human diseases. The department’s research themes reflect the broad areas in which they have particular strengths and interests: cell biology, development and genetics, chromosomal and RNA biology, infection and disease processes, microbiology and systems biology, and structural biology and molecular biophysics.