Few fields are so interesting, so challenging and potentially so rewarding.
Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes in living organisms. It deals with the structures and functions of cellular components such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and other biomolecules. It deals with interactions between the various systems of the cell, including the interactions between DNA, RNA and protein synthesis, as well as learning how these interactions are regulated. Biochemists study the chemical realm inside cells in order to understand the genetic and molecular bases of cellular processes. The molecular life sciences are at the forefront of scientific discovery. Over the past decade, an ever growing arsenal of techniques has helped researchers dissect the innermost secrets of the cell and develop new ways to detect and attack disease. These techniques also have been used to produce vast amounts of once rare drugs and vaccines, trace the path of evolution, create instant tests for a host of illnesses, warn people when their children might inherit a deadly disease, and identify criminals and victims of disasters. If cancer is to be cured, if solutions to the world’s energy crisis are to be found, or if the planet’s pollution is to be cleaned up, it will probably be the biochemists and molecular biologists with the knowledge and skills to power these breakthroughs.
Challenge yourself, feed your curiosity for the natural world and explore microscopic universe that is as strange and breathtaking as any imaginable. Make biochemistry your future career!