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Cracow, Poland

Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology

Wydział Biochemii, Biofizyki i Biotechnologii

Subject area: physical science, environment
University website: en.uj.edu.pl/en
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The Faculty of Biotechnology (which now is the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology) came into being in 2002 and as such it is the most recently established faculty at the Jagiellonian University. It traces its origins to the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (formerly the Department of Molecular Biology), which was set up at the faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences in 1970, as a result of a merger of two chairs: the Chair of Plant Physiology and the Chair of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
Biochemistry, sometimes called biological chemistry, is the study of chemical processes within and relating to living organisms. By controlling information flow through biochemical signaling and the flow of chemical energy through metabolism, biochemical processes give rise to the complexity of life. Over the last decades of the 20th century, biochemistry has become so successful at explaining living processes that now almost all areas of the life sciences from botany to medicine to genetics are engaged in biochemical research. Today, the main focus of pure biochemistry is on understanding how biological molecules give rise to the processes that occur within living cells, which in turn relates greatly to the study and understanding of tissues, organs, and whole organisms—that is, all of biology.
Biophysics is an interdisciplinary science that applies the approaches and methods of physics to study biological systems. Biophysics covers all scales of biological organization, from molecular to organismic and populations. Biophysical research shares significant overlap with biochemistry, physical chemistry, nanotechnology, bioengineering, computational biology, biomechanics and systems biology.
Biotechnology is the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make products, or "any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use" (UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Art. 2). Depending on the tools and applications, it often overlaps with the (related) fields of bioengineering, biomedical engineering, biomanufacturing, molecular engineering, etc.
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