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Biochemistry - Research

Course overview

Research activity within the discipline of biochemistry involves some sixty postgraduate students and thirty postdoctoral researchers from all over the world. 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.


Course Code: PhD (part-time) 1PS2; MSc (full-time) 1MS1; MSc (part-time) 1MS2

PhD, part-time

MSc, part-time and part-time

Further enquiries

Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Research areas

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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