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Biochemistry Facility

The Teaching Laboratory accommodates a maximum of forty-eight students, and contains the basic equipment for conducting undergraduate practical classes. In the research laboratories there are microfuges, bench top centrifuges, a mid-speed refrigerated centrifuge, an ultracentrifuge, a lyophilizer, fraction collector, UV-visible spectrophotometers, gel electrophoresis apparatus, water baths, incubators and other basics.

Research is currently focussed on investigations into the biological effects of extracts from local 'medicinal' plants, the incidence and nature of MODY (maturity-onset diabetes of the young) in the Caribbean region, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase activity in the local diabetic population, and specific aspects of the blood-clotting process, with particular reference to the role of plasminogen.


Dr. B.N. Cockburn, Lecturer.
Dr. V. Bowrin, Lecturer.
Mrs. H. Jugmohan, Technician.
Mrs. S. Peters-Wisdom, Technician.
Mr. K. Noreiga, Laboratory Assistant.

Contact information:

The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Trinidad. West Indies
Natural Sciences Building – Old Wing
Rooms 214, 215, & 216

Tel: (868) 645-3232 Ext. 83217
Fax: (868) 663-9686


Postgraduate Students:

Mr. Andrew Dhanoo

Funding Sources:

UWI Dean’s Award; UWI Postgraduate Scholarship; Government of Barbados.



Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Biochemistry Section UWI, Mona; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Chicago, USA.; Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions


Revised: 14 March 2016