The Department of Biochemistry was established in 1957 with Professor Kamaluddin Ahmed, an eminent biochemist of this country as its founder head. In 2001 it was renamed Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Over the years it has grown to be one of the largest and most successful departments in the subcontinent with a wide range of research interest and a commitment to excellent teaching at all levels. The undergraduate programme attracts the best students of Bangladesh as it provides an excellent foundation for future professional and graduate education.
The department offers B.S. (Honours); M.S; M.Phil. and Ph.D. Degree programmes.
The research areas include Molecular Biology, Immunology, Plant Biochemistry, Nutritional Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Protein Engineering, Enzymology, Chemistry of Natural Products, Microbiology, Chinical Biochemistry.
The weekly seminar in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is held regularly. Scholars/teachers/researchers working at local and foreign Universities and Research Institutions present their research works in these seminars. Ph.D. students also present their research works. In addition to the regular academic activities, the students of the department also learn latest scientific information from internet by using the departmental computer laboratory extensively.
The departmental teachers are also involved in various research programmes in the country. They also take part regularly in the National/International seminar/ symposium and workshops, as the department feels that teaching, research and extension work are the three most important responsibilities for its academic staff.