Department of Biochemistry


Background  History of Department of Biochemistry, UM 1

Department of Biochemistry in the University of Medicine 1 was inaugurated as an autonomous department on 1st September, 1987. Previously, the teaching of Biochemistry was merged with that of Physiology and the professionals who taught Biochemistry to the Second Year M.B.B.S students were U Sein Gwan, Dr. U Sin Phone, Dr. U Nyunt Thwin, Dr. U Myint  Thein, Dr. Daw Hnin Hline, Daw Thin Thin Hlaing Dr. Htay Htay, Dr. U Myo Win and Dr. Theingi Myint.
Today, Department of Biochemistry functions with one professor, four associate professors, three lecturers, two assistant lecturers and thirteen demonstrators teaching Second Year M.B.B.S and postgraduate classes.
Master of Medical Science (Biochemistry) was started from 1993 and till now 39 candidates have obtained their master degree. To upgrade the status of teaching of Biochemistry, Ph.D Course was introduced in 1998 and there were four candidates have obtained their PhD degree. Currently five candidates are attending the Ph.D (Biochemistry) course and three candidates are attending the MSc (Biochemistry) course.
Faculty Members are also involved in the teaching programs for Master of Medical Science (in Pharmacology and Physiology) and Dental specialties every year.
The department is located at the Pyay campus of the University of Medicine 1. It has a library with collection of books for biochemical teaching and research. The internet facility is available for the department and all the teachers, researchers and postgraduate students have access to it. The department has collaboration with the Department of Medical Research and National Health Laboratory for its research and postgraduate programs, and regularly participates in national conferences, symposia and seminars.

Department Heads

1. Prof. Thin Thin Hlaing 
BSc, MSc (Iowa)
(1987- 1988)
2. Prof. Daw Htay Htay
MBBS, M.Med.Sc (Physiology), Ph.D (Hon.)
 ( 1988- 2000)
3. Prof. Myo Win
MBBS, DFT, MPS (Philippines), IFME(USA)
 (2000- 2012)
4. Prof. Theingi Myint
MBBS, PhD (Osaka),Dip Med Ed
5. Prof. Kyu Kyu Maung
MBBS, PhD (Kumamoto) Dip Med Ed
(2016 – up to now)

Senior Teaching Faculty

1. Dr. Moe Moe  Khine
MBBS, M.Med.Sc (Biochemistry) Ph.D, Dip Med Ed
 Associate  Professor
2. Dr. Thu Zar   Kyin Aung
MBBS, M.Med.Sc (Biochemistry) Ph.D
Associate  Professor
3. Dr. Sint  Sint  Tun
MBBS, M.Med.Sc (Biochemistry)
Associate  Professor
4. Dr. Zaw Linn
MBBS, M.Med.Sc (Biochemistry) Ph.D
Associate  Professor
5. Dr. Ei  Mon  Khine
MBBS, M.Med.Sc (Biochemistry), Ph.D [second year]
6. Dr. Ni  Ni  Lin
MBBS, M.Med.Sc (Biochemistry), Ph.D [second year]
7. Dr.Khine Zaw
MBBS, MSc (Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
8. Dr.Hein Ko Oo
MBBS, M.Med.Sc (Biochemistry)
9. Dr.Htoo Pyei Hlaing
MBBS, Master student in Thai  

Teaching faculty studying abroad

1. Dr.Aye Aye Khine
MBBS, M.Med.Sc (Biochemistry), PhD course in Taiwan
2. Dr.The Mon La
MBBS, M.Med.Sc (Biochemistry), PhD course in Japan
3. Dr.Hnin Htet Kyaw
MBBS, Master student in Thai

Departmental Objectives

At the end of course students will be able to:
  1. Identify the basic structures and functions of macromolecules (carbohydrate, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids) of human body
  2. Explain the basic concept of genetic information, phenomenon of genetic flow and correlate it with some genetic diseases.
  3. Differentiate anabolic and catabolic pathways and their important enzymatic steps.
  4. Describe how regulation of biochemical pathways (hormones, enzymes, intracellular signaling and gene expression) is important for body homeostatic mechanisms.
  5. Describe the importance of body water, electrolytes and hydrogen ion balances in normal and disease conditions.
  6. Perform and interpret simple biochemical laboratory tests for common biochemical disorders.
  7. Develop the problem solving skill by applying biochemical concepts, definitions and values in relation to various common disease states.
  8. Participate in team work and take self responsibility.
  9. Develop habits of considering the ethical issue related to laboratory procedures and results.