Biochemistry - Research

Research is carried out in the following main areas:

Cell Stress and Cell Death
Researchers in this area examine what signals arise within the cell during stress and how different stresses can cause death in certain cell types, particularly in neurons and in heart muscle cells.

Chromosome Biology
The ten research groups in this area are interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying chromosome replication, segregation, repair, and transcription. These processes are fundamental to genetics and have important implications for cancer and other diseases.

Developmental Biology
Particular interests lie in the control of gene expression during development using the zebrafish model. Other work looks at how blood cells develop from stem cells.

Molecular Biotechnology
Research in this area focuses on the industrial application of enzymes and other biomolecules from fungi.

Entry requirements

Candidates for the degree of PhD or MSc by research must have reached a high honours standard (minimum H2.2 [or equivalent international qualification] for an MSc) at the examination for the primary degree or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of his/her fitness.

Application dates

Course Code: PHD-BCHM
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Course Code: PHD-BCHM

MSc, full-time and part-time


Research areas

Cancer biology
Cell cycle
Cell death mechanisms
Cellular stress responses
Chromosome biology
DNA damage responses
Developmental mechanisms
Gene expression

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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