Biochemistry combines biology and chemistry, but now covers such a wide range of subjects that it is difficult to draw a neat border around biochemistry. The essential feature is that biochemistry uses molecular methods to explain biological processes, while other biological scientists study will for instance study the integrated function of organs as well as organisms and ecosystems. As a result, biochemistry forms the foundation of pathology, pharmacology, physiology, genetics, zoology, in fact most biological sciences.

The Department of Biochemistry (UKZN) has a long tradition of excellence in basic research that has led to important practical advances. A modern department, with emphases in research on proteolysis and disease, malaria, stem cell biology and cellular regulation, drug discovery, traditional medicine, protein structure, hormone action, virology and developmental biology, has been built on this strong historical foundation. 


Pietermaritzburg Campus

Coetzer, Theresa (Prof)

Goldring, Dean (Prof)

Hewer Raymond (Dr)

Khoza Thandeka (Dr)

Niesler, Carola  (Prof)

Simelane, Mthokozisi B. C (Dr)


Westville Campus

Govender, Patrick (Dr)

Gupthar, Abin (Prof)

Islam, Shahidul (Dr)

Mokhosi Rose (Ms)

Pillay, Karen (Dr)

Pooe Ofense (Dr)

Singh, Mogie (Dr)

Emeritus Professors

Honourary Senior Lecturer

Masola, Bubuya (Dr)

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