Biochemistry is the branch of science that explores the chemical processes within and related to living organisms. It is a laboratory based science that brings together biology and chemistry. By using chemical knowledge and techniques, biochemists can understand and solve biological problems.
Biochemistry focuses on processes happening at a molecular level. It focuses on what’s happening inside our cells, studying components like proteins, lipids and organelles. It also looks at how cells communicate with each other, for example during growth or fighting illness. Biochemists need to understand how the structure of a molecule relates to its function, allowing them to predict how molecules will interact.
Biochemistry covers a range of scientific disciplines, including genetics, microbiology, forensics, plant science and medicine. Because of its breadth, biochemistry is very important and advances in this field of science over the past 100 years have been staggering. It’s a very exciting time to be part of this fascinating area of study.
What do biochemists do?Provide new ideas and experiments to understand how life worksSupport our understanding of health and diseaseContribute innovative information to the technology revolutionWork alongside chemists, physicists, healthcare professionals, policy makers, engineers and many more professionals
To find out more about careers in biochemistry read our booklets Biochemistry: the careers guide and Next Steps.
Biochemists work in many places, including:HospitalsUniversitiesAgricultureFood institutesEducationCosmeticsForensic crime researchDrug discovery and development
Biochemists have many transferable skills, including:AnalyticalCommunicationResearchProblem solvingNumericalWrittenObservationalPlanning
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The outlook is good
The life science community is a fast-paced, interactive network with global career opportunities at all levels. The Government recognizes the potential that developments in biochemistry and the life sciences have for contributing to national prosperity and for improving the quality of life of the population. Funding for research in these areas has been increasing dramatically in most countries, and the biotechnology industry is expanding rapidly.
The Biochemical Society aims to inspire and engage people in the molecular biosciences. We offer study and careers advice to school students, higher education students and teachers as well as carrying out public engagement events.