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B IOCHEMICAL S CIENCES
AT M ONA
Biochemistry Section
D EPARTMENT OF B ASIC
M EDICAL S CIENCES
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Biochemistry
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Anatomy
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Physiology
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Pharmacology
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Physical Therapy
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Dentistry
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Degrees offered: BSc, MPhil, PhD
OUR NEW HOME
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Biochemistry Section 2010 – 2014
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, ACADEMIC STAFF
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Dr M Ali , PhD, Aligrash Muslim University
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Prof. Helen Asemota, BSc Benin, MSc Bello, PhD Benin
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Dr. Paul Brown, BSc, PhD UWI
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Dr. Sherline Brown BSc, MPhil, PhD UWI
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Dr. Kerith Golden BSc CUNY, MPhil, PhD UWI
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Dr. Lisa Lindo, BSc, PhD UWI
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Prof Wayne McLaughlin, BSc Wat, PhD UWI
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*Dr Andrew Pearson, BSc, PhD Leeds
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†Prof. Dalip Ragoobirsingh, BSc, PhD UWI
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2Dr. Marcia Roye, BSc, PhD UWI (Biotechnology Centre)
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Mrs. Carole Lindsay BSc MPhil UWI (Assistant Lecturer)
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Mrs. Kisha McLeod-Martin, BSc, MPhil UWI (Assistant Lecturer)
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Dr. Shirley Budall BSc, MPhil,PhD UWI
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R ESEARCH
Research Highlights
Medical Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Plant Biochemistry
Environmental Microbiology & Biochemistry
Industrial Microbiology
Photosynthesis
Research Facilities
Research and Teaching Facilities include:
Thermal cycler for PCR, DNA sequencing
equipment, DNA and protein electrophoresis
systems, HPLC, GC, GC-MS, computer servers
and network, personal computers.
R ESEARCH
Biochemistry of Jamaican vomiting sickness disease
1950's & 60's. Ingestion of the arillus of unripe ackee linked to Jamaican
vomiting sickness.
Structure of hypoglycin A was elucidated.
Effects of hypoglycin A on metabolism .
Assay methodology for hypoglycin developed.
Mode of action of hypoglycin A on the pyruvate carboxylase and Acyl CoA
dehydrogenase.
Researchers -Von Holt, E. V. Ellington, C. H. Hassal , E. A. Kean, E.
Morrison.
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Agricultural, Industrial and Environmental Biochemistry Microbiology & Molecular Biology
1970’s. Genetics of bacteria and viruses
1980’s. Nitrogen fixation
1990’s. Xanthan gum. Molecular biology of whiteflies and geminiviruses. Molecular
biology, biotechnology and biochemistry of yams, dasheens and cocoyams.
Agro-industrial wastes
2000’s. Post-harvest Technology. Delaying the ripening process in banana.
C OURSES BEING OFFERED
IN B IOCHEMISTRY
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Level I: BIOC1020 (3credits); BIOC1021 (2credits)
MICR1010 (3 credits); MICR 1011 (2 credits)
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Passes in both units of chemistry and biology/zoology at cape(or
equivalent)
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Level II: BC 21C (4 credits) , BC21D (8 credits), BC21M (4
credits)
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Level III: BC35A, BC34B, BC34C, BC34D,
BC34M, BC31M, BC35C, BC35D,
BC35F, BC39P, BC36A, MICR3215,
credits each)
(4
B IOCHEMISTRY M AJORS
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Biochemistry (BC35A,BC34B, BC34C,BC39P
or BC34D)
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Biotechnology (BC35C, BC35D, BC31M or
BT38B, BC35F or MICR3215)
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Molecular Biology (BC34C, BC34D, BC35C
or BC34M, BC35D or BL38A)
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Microbiology (MICR3213, MICR3214,
MICR3215, MICR3216)
C AREERS WITH A
B IOCHEMISTRY M AJOR
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Medicine
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Postgraduate Studies
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Job opportunities
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Medical Reps
-Sherwin Williams
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D&G
-Bureau of Standards
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Wray & Nephew
-Scientific Research Council
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Govt. Forensic Lab
–Grace Kennedy
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Govt. Chemist

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