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Biochemistry and Microbiology

How to contact us

Address: Biochemistry & Microbiology
PO Box 77000 
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University 
Port Elizabeth
6031 South Africa 
Telephone: +27 41 5042441 
Fax: +27 41 5042814 
e-mail: biomicro@nmmu.ac.za

Introduction

Biochemistry was established in January 1968 as the Subject Committee of Biochemistry on the Bird Street campus of the University of Port Elizabeth. Undergraduate service courses in Physiology and Anatomy for Health Science students (Human Movement Science, Nursing and Pharmacy) were transferred to the department in 1987.

The Department of Biochemistry functioned at the University of Port Elizabeth in the absence of a formal Department of Microbiology. Undergraduate Microbiology was instituted in January 1996 and postgraduate training was started in 1998. 

Within the Faculty of Science, Biochemistry and Microbiology can be combined with many other subjects at second and third year level for a BSc degree; eg, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Mathematics, Physiology (second year level)  and Computer Science. Via modules in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Physiology, the department offers service courses to students in the Faculty of Health Sciences (Human Movement Science, Nursing Science and Pharmacy). Biochemistry, Microbiology and Physiology also take part in a new degree course, BSc (Human Movement Science).

The department collaborates with its neighbouring departments at Fort Hare and Rhodes, as well as with other departments in  South Africa. International links with laboratories in Budapest (Hungary), Montreal (Canada), Munich and Berlin (Germany), Sendai (Japan) and Sydney (Australia) are maintained.

Mission Statement

To provide internationally competitive education and research in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Physiology, and to produce innovative scientists addressing community needs.