The Department of Biochemistry, implements basic educational programs of specialty in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th semesters (1st and 2nd years of study) in the subject “Biochemistry” at the faculty of General medicine, Faculty of Pediatrics, Faculty of Preventive medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Pharmaceutical faculty, as well as elective courses in those faculties (except Pharmaceutical faculty) Clinical Biochemistry, Biochemistry in Children, Supramolecular Chemistry. 1-2 full-time graduate students majoring in Biochemistry undergo training annually at the Department. It develops curriculum for additional vocational program “Biochemistry of the cell”. The Department of Biochemistry, the Department of Geriatrics and the Deans of the USMU initiated the creation of the conditions for the preparation of a new medical profession “Consultant on healthy aging”. It has staff employed on a permanent basis: 1 Head of the Department, doctor of medical sciences, Professor, 3 candidates of biology, associate professors, 2 senior lecturers and 2 assistants 1.5 positionf for part-time teachers.
R&D topics of the Department : 1.Age peculiarities of metabolism, development of diagnostic and therapeutic geriatrics preventive cell-targeted measures . 2. Biochemistry of the oral cavity, development of diagnostic and therapeutic measures.
3. Psychological and pedagogical research of the educational process at the Department.
4.Comparative biochemistry of humans and animals in ontogenesis. Over the last 5 years 1 monograph, 3 textbooks were published, about 50 papers were published in peer-reviewed Russian and foreign journals, more than 30 presentations were made at Russian and international conferences. The Department is engaged in research work in close connection with the Department of Gerontology and Geriatrics of USMU, the laboratory anti-aging technologies of the Institute of medical cell technologies.
For over 20 years of work the teaching staff of the Department of Biochemistry and its post-graduate students defended 10 candidate dissertations under the guidance of and consultation with its head Professor V. N. Meshchaninov.
The Department of Biochemistry is actively involved in educational work with students, there is a students scientific society, the members of which won many contests in Biochemistry, got diplomas of Russian and international conferences.
The Department works in accordance with the plans of educational, methodical and scientific work corresponding to the requirements of the FSES-3 and the University status. The Department has good prospects for training to contribute USMU being Basic Medical University in the Russian Federation.