Biochemists study the molecular and cellular processes that take place in all living organisms, ranging from bacteria, plants and animals to human beings.
As a biochemist, your job would allow you to:
- Analyse the effects of external elements such as food, food additives, allergens and drugs on the cells in our bodies;
- Work together with geneticists and doctors to conduct tests for detecting diseases, genetic disorders and other abnormalities;
- Study the interaction of pesticides with plants and contribute to developing better crops and more environment-friendly agricultural practices.
Your work would help advance scientific knowledge to develop better foods, medicines and agricultural products.
Did you know you could work in many places, including:
Hospitals: analysing samples from patients to help advise on treatments
Universities: researching anything from gene therapy and new cancer treatments
Food institutes: ensuring the safety of our food.
Cosmetics: Creating safe or more effective products.
Forensic crime research: evaluation of evidence from all types of biological samples, from DNA fingerprinting to the detection of drugs.
Pharmaceutical laboratories: developing new drugs or carrying out research into different diseases
Law firms: dealing with scientific specific cases
And of course, in marketing and sales: selling the latest technology to the right people