Clínic Barcelona. Hospital Universitari

Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics


The Department currently trains one resident per year from the Faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy, Chemistry, or Biology (MIR, FIR, QIR, or BIR).
Our broad spectrum of activities enables us to offer a type of training that is difficult to acquire in other laboratories within our specialty.

  • Analysis of conventional biochemistry, hormone, and pharmacologic parameters, with a maximum turnaround time of 24 hours (General Biochemistry and Immunoassay Units of the automated CORE Laboratory).
  • Immunomodulators, drugs of abuse, hormones, and tumor markers, genetic and molecular studies for various diseases, prenatal screening, neonatal screening, and biochemical and molecular studies of inborn errors of metabolism for the diagnosis of rare diseases.

The diversity of the training strategy allows residents to acquire essential knowledge in clinical biochemistry, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, prenatal and neonatal diagnoses, and inborn errors of metabolism.

The specialty is developed over four years, during which time trainees complete their rotation through the various sections and units. This training period can be supplemented with additional projects funded by Hospital Clínic de Barcelona lasting from one to three years, in which residents can become familiarized with research.

The specialty program is divided into five sessions in two specialized laboratories. The rotation includes the most common clinical analytical parameters and techniques to the most complex and uncommon ones. The training covers several different areas:

  • Automation
  • Manual immunologic techniques
  • High-resolution chromatography
  • Molecular biology techniques
  • Cytogenetic techniques


The Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Department maintains two programs of sessions that take place in Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and its site in Casa Maternitat (Maternity Hospital):

  • Monthly general scientific sessions: program accredited by the Catalan Council of Continuing Medical Education. The speakers are staff physicians from the Department, physicians from other clinical departments, or invited speakers from several areas of knowledge. These hour-long sessions are focused on subjects of current interest, recent advances, and reviews. A balance is sought between subjects oriented toward basic research and those related to clinical practice. The sessions are open to nursing professionals and laboratory technicians. For more information, consult the Sessions Program.
  • Training sessions for residents and grant-holders: mainly methodology-directed sessions, in which the residents, themselves, contribute to designing the program and often participate as speakers. The program is established in coordination with the residents’ tutor in the specialty.



Dra. Roser Casamitjana Abella
Tutor of residents in Clinical Biochemistry

Dr. Jordi To Figueras
Head of BMG Teaching Activities


Wladimiro Jiménez (Head of Department)

Wladimiro Jiménez

Head of Department

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Head of Section


Biomedical Diagnostic Center (CDB)

Villarroel, 170 · 08036 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 227 54 64 · Fax: +34 93 227 98 75 · ·