FCCT Biochemistry Lab

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University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology (FCCT)

FCCT Biochemistry Lab is formally organized as Biochemistry Chair (in the traditional European meaning of the word) and is involved in teaching biochemistry courses for students of chemistry, pharmacy, biochemistry and laboratory biomedicine. We also teach enzymology, recombinant DNA technology and conduct in part several other theoretical and practical courses. In collaboration with the National Institute of Chemistry, we successfully participated at the international genetically engineered machine competition (iGEM) in two consecutive years: Grand Prize in 2006 and Finalist & winner in Medicine and Health track in 2007!

Our research was focused on two main topics: proteinases & inhibitors and snake toxins & evolution. For decades, research work was performed within the J. Stefan Institute Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Recently, we started a collaboration on humanization of monoclonal antibodies with the national Blood Transfusion Centre and got two research grants, one on epithelial cell-adhesion molecule and one on APOBEC3 antiviral proteins (cooperation with J. Stefan Institute). Some work on synthetic biology continues in parallel.

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