Chemical Biology is a contemporary scientific discipline, engaging the Sciences of Chemistry and Biology, which includes the application of chemical techniques and tools, often molecules which are produced by synthetic chemistry, to study and affect the biological systems. Chemical Biology finds special application in Medicinal Chemistry, a relative scientific discipline, in which the molecules are designed in such a way as to interact with biological processes and treat particular diseases. Therefore, this postgraduate program is focused on the application of techniques (analytical, spectroscopic, biochemical) and of synthetic molecules (or molecules obtained from natural sources) to the study of biological systems involved in particular diseases, and to the development, based on this study, of pharmaceutical substances for the clinical treatment of a variety of diseases.

Educational outcomes

  • Understanding, consolidation and ability for application of knowledge and techniques related to the chemistry of proteins, nucleic acids and polysaccharides, biological processes, genetics, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy and drug design.

  • Developing flexibility in the combination of a variety of techniques for solving complex problems in Chemical Biology.

  • Adaptability in the constantly evolving field of Chemical Biology with emphasis in the synthesis of useful molecules for facing complex problems and ability for an essential contribution to the further development of Medicinal Chemistry.

  • Developing general skills, such as retrieval of useful information from database in the internet and from the primary literature (research journals, patents etc), ability to work in a research team, and both oral and written ability to communicate research results.

 

Professional prospects of the ‘Chemical Biology’ graduates

The knowledge and the skills which will be acquired by the graduates of this MSc program through studying and conducting research in the context of their postgraduate research diploma work, will allow them to face and readily solve interdisciplinary problems and work together harmonically with scientists from various specializations. Through this program, an improvement in the international competitiveness of the Greek scientific human resources in the field of Chemical Biology is anticipated. The effective interaction of experienced scientists/researchers, disciplines and laboratory techniques which is secured through this program, leads to the integrated training of new scientists who can be readily: (a) absorbed in vital development branches of National Economy, such the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry, the Veterinary and Agricultural Production (production of new generation products for veterinary and agrochemical purposes) and other branches in which Chemical Biology is applicable, (b) become experienced staff in private and state Health Service providers (such as Hospitals, Clinics, Bio-analytical Laboratories), and (c) evolved in highly competitive members of the Higher Education, through further studying for a PhD degree in a relevant filed, who can readily work in the interface of the various Life Sciences.

Duration

Three academic semesters (90 ECTS Credits)

Graduates to whom the MSc in ‘Chemical Biology’ is addressed

Graduates of Departments of Chemistry, Pharmacy, Medicine and Biology and of related Departments of Greek and foreign Universities.

Instruction languages

Greek and English, in case foreign students are following the program.

Type

Interdepartmental and Interuniversity