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The department main functions are: teaching medical chemistry, biochemistry and clinical biochemistry to both undergraduate medical students, health allied sciences, as well as medical & non medical postgraduate students.

In addition to teaching, members of the department are involved in research and advisory work to other departments in the colleges of Medicine and Science and to the health authorities in Basrah regarding all aspects of clinical biochemistry and laboratory investigations. Also the department aims to provide graduates that are capable of teaching and performing research in the field of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine and offer medical, diagnostic and advance laboratory services.

Regarding the community the department has research activities concerned with solving common health problems in our localities and intended to reveal the biochemical knowledge and changes especially in research areas in Basra and IRAQ in general. Emphasis is particularly directed upon red blood cell enzymopathy (particularly G6PD deficiency) and haemoglobinopathy ( e.g. sickle cell disease and thalassemia); risk factors of cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus particularly lipid profile and oxidative stress as well as biochemical markers in different types of malignancies