Welcome to Biochemistry

          Professor Dr. May Pyone Kyaw

          M.B.,B.S, M.Med.Sc (Biochemistry)

          Ph.D (Biochemistry), Dip.Med.Ed

About Department

With the establishment of the University of Medicine 2, Yangon, in 1963 Biochemistry was part of the Physiology Department. The Biochemistry Laboratory Unit came into existence in 1973, and it initially functioned with the aid of the UN Development Program, sponsored by the WHO.

The laboratory unit was supervised by the Rector of the University of the Medicine 2 as the chairman, the Professor and Head of Physiology as the secretary with Biochemist Dr. Kyaw Tun Sein (PhD) who was in charge of the unit. Various biochemical research works and laboratory services were done since that time by the unit for postgraduate theses, dissertations and departmental research.

Method of teaching



Didactic Lecture                     180      hours

Tutorial                                      81      hours

Practical                                    64      hours

Self directed learning              111      hours

Assessment                               60      hours

Revisions                                   18      hours

Guest lectures                             6      hours

Total                                        280      hours

The topics included in the Second MBBS curriculum are Cell and Molecular Biology, Enzymology, Chemistry of blood and Respiration, Nutrition, Biochemistry of Digestion and Absorption, Liver and Bile, Biologic oxidation, Energy Metabolism, Intermediary Metabolism, Cell signaling and endocrine, Body Fluid and Electrolytes, and Acid Base.


Assessment and Evaluation


  1. four written tests
  2. Seminers and group work constitutes 10 % of total written test
  3. one practical test

Final examination

  1. Two theory papers (MCQ, MSQ)
  2. One practical examination


Fail, pass, distinction.

F system          –  3F

Former Heads

  1. Dr. Htay Htay, M.B.,B,S, M.Med.Sc (Physiology), Lecture and Head,       1987-1988
  2. Daw Thin Thin Hlaing, B.Sc, MS (Iowa), Professor and Head,                    1988-1996
  3.   Dr. Nyo Nyo, M,B.,B.S, M.Med.Sc (Biochemistry), Ph.D (Hons), Professor and Head   (1996-2005)
  1. Dr. May Thazin, M,B.,B.S, M.Med.Sc (Biochemistry), Ph.D(Biochemistry) Dip. Med.Ed,Professor and Head,    2006-2011

MMedSc (Biochemistry) Course

The curriculum for the M.Med.Sc (Biochemistry) includes the basic biochemistry taught in the undergraduate course with more emphasis on recent advances and special laboratory techniques.

This course lasts for 2 academic years, comprising two parts, part 1 and 2.


First year (Part1)

The course consists of approximately 200 hours of seminars, discussions and 90 periods whole day laboratory work. In addition, the candidate must duly submit the assignments on the topics provided by the course instructors.

Second year (Part 2)

This part of the course will consists of research in an approved research project. The candidate will be required to submit a thesis on the research project approved by the Board of Studies.

Ph.D (Biochemistry) course

A Ph.D course normally takes about 3 years. A candidate who has not completed his or her work at the end of 3 years will be reposted to his or her mother unit. An extension of 1 year will be allowed to finish the work as external student. If the course is not complete at the end of 4 years, it will be terminated.

The objectives for the Ph.D (Biochemistry) is to upgrade the postgraduate course and to produce graduates holding higher academic qualifications.