What does a Biochemist do?
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A biochemist will collect, analyze, and interpret results on various topics. Primarily though, a biochemist studies the chemistry of living processes at molecular and cellular levels such as cell development, reproduction, death, and even metabolism. Biochemists study the chemical and physical properties of cells by using electron microscopes.
How to Become a Biochemist
To become a biochemist one must earn bachelor’s degree or PhD in physics, mathematics, biochemistry, computer science or engineering. First you will pursue a bachelors degree and while doing so you are encouraged to pursue an internship to gain practical experience. Many colleges can assist with this and offer internships in research labs, collecting cultures, or assisting research as directed by supervisor.These internship can be part-time or full-time summer jobs.
It is important to gain an internship opportunity if you decide to pursue a PhD. Entry into a doctorate program will take into consideration how much on-the-job experience and education you have. A doctorate degree can take 4-5 years and is heavily research driven. In addition, most require you to write a dissertation on a research topic that is original in biochemistry. Earning a PhD will allow you to do independent research in this occupation.
Job Description of a Biochemist
A biochemist conducts studies to understand the physical principles of organisms or living cells and their mechanical and electrical energy. They apply chemistry physics, biology, and mathematics applications when doing so. They determine the effects of body functions by analyzing, isolating, or synthesize enzymes or minerals, hormones, vitamins, and allergens. They also analyze mutations in organisms that might lead to disease and find new ways to study the mechanisms of biological processes.
Biochemists work in medical or research laboratories, drug companies, biotechnology companies, and agriculture firms. Many times they are also supervising or teaching graduate students. They may also publish research findings and manage lab teams conducting research. Some biochemists may give presentations at public or scientific-based forums and conferences on new findings or research being done.