Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary major that draws upon faculty and courses in the departments of Biology and Chemistry. The major is administered by a committee of representatives from both departments and is designed to train students to solve complex problems associated with understanding the structure and function of biological molecules in the context of living systems. Students who fulfill the requirements will receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biochemistry. The program is appropriate for students pursuing graduate studies in biochemistry, medicine, or related fields. The major is also suitable for students interested in positions in the field of biotechnology after graduation.
The emergence of pathogenic bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics poses a significant and growing threat to the treatment of infection. The molecular model shown above represents an enzyme, Carbapenemase A, that degrades potent beta-lactam antibiotics such as imipenem and meropenem. Carbapenemase A, belongs to a larger class of enzymes known as beta-lactamases.
Research related to antibiotics and bacterial antibiotic resistance at UST: