Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Ante Kovačića 1, 10000 Zagreb
prof. dr. sc. Gordan Lauc
The Department provides teaching of courses at graduate level: Biological Chemistry, Physical Biochemistry, Analytical Biochemistry, Immunology, Modern Biochemical Techniques, Molecular Biology with Genetic Engineering, Complex Genetics, and Molecular Basis of Diseases and Therapy and one course in English (Personalised Healthcare) as well as several courses in PhD programme (Pharmaceutical Biochemical Sciences - Glycobiology, Analysis of gene expression, Biotechnology in Pharmacy, Bioinformatics) and Postgraduate Specialist Studies (Biological Therapeutics, Biotechnological Drugs of Plant Origin). Scientific research is directed towards fundamental and applied biochemistry and molecular biology research. Special interest is focused on glycobiology research, analytics of glycan structures in health and disease and the development of specific and sensitive methods for the identification of glycan structures of glycoconjugates and their receptors - lectins. We investigate the mechanisms and signalling pathways involved in the regulation of expression and activity of lectins and glycosyltransferases. We also study the presence and frequency of mutations / polymorphisms in the genes for glycosyltransferases in the general population and in certain diseases. We successfully study the mechanisms of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, with special emphasis on ribosomal antibiotics, and quorum sensing. Offices and laboratories of the Department are located in Ante Kovačića Street 1 (2nd and 3rd floor).