Biochemistry refers to the study of the chemistry of living organisms, at cellular and sub cellular levels. It describes in molecular terms the structures, mechanisms and chemical processes shared by all organisms and provides organizing principles that underlie life in all its diverse forms, principles collectively referred to as “the molecular logic of life”. This course deals with the study of the metabolism of biomolecules so as to enable students to understand the onset and progress of pathological conditions.
Biochemical studies have illuminated many aspects of health and disease, and, conversely, the study of various aspects of health and disease has opened up new areas of biochemistry. This relationship between medicine and biochemistry has important philosophical implications for the former. AS long as medical treatment is firmly grounded in knowledge of biochemistry, the practice of medicine will have a rational basis that can be adapted to accommodate new knowledge. As all diseases are manifestations of abnormalities of molecules, chemical reactions, or processes. Hence knowledge about biochemistry is must have for any intending clinician including clinical officers.
This course introduces the student to the various metabolic pathways. It examines both anabolic and catabolic pathways and various diseases associated with abnormalities in any of these pathways
Course Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course the student should be able to:
a) Describe how energy is derived from various biomolecules
b) Explain how various metabolic pathways are inter-related and how defects will lead to disease
c) Interpret results from biochemical assays and make inferences in relation health and disease