20 Sep

What is a biochemist?

You have arrived at a site named The Absent-minded Biochemist but you are likely wondering what exactly do I do? I once had a professor tell me the great thing about biochemistry is nobody knows exactly what we do so we can do whatever we want. While this isn’t exactly correct, biochemistry does encompass a broad area of study.

Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of living things. I’m sure when you heard chemistry you thought of someone like this guy:

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A biochemist studies the composition, structure, properties and change of matter within a living organism such as humans, mice, or plants. So now you are probably picturing this guy:

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In reality, we are nothing but hard-working scientists that want to understand what makes us tick. Biochemists study everything from how genes are turned on and off during development (that’s me!) to how enzymes (biological molecules that help complex reactions occur at a faster rate than they would on their own) work to drug discovery. You can have ten biochemists in a room, and they will likely all be studying something different.

This diversity is what makes the field great!


Do you have a question regarding biochemistry? Do you want to know more about what I do? Leave a comment below!

 

19 Sep

M.I.A. Again. Decided what I want to be when I grow up!

Hello! My depression took a turn for the worse, and I was struggling daily. My doctor and I have worked hard and seem to have everything figured out. *fingers crossed*

On a side note, I went to The Allied Genetics Conference in Orlando, Fl this past July. While the conference itself was not what I had hoped, I did meet a woman who sent me researching a career path. She works as a program coordinator at a science center. In other words, informal education.

When she described what she does in her position, I just knew that was what I have searched for in a career! So now I embark on frantic last-minute career exploration and strengthening my résumé.

I will likely be obtaining a business certificate (providing my committee is on board) over the next few semesters. I have also purchased several books to help me with my communication and writing skills.

With this career goal, I have decided to reformat my blog. I am going to aim still for three posts a week (maybe more). I would like to write about science topics on all three posts. Is there some science topic you want to be explained? Did you hear something in the news and want to know if it is factual? Leave a comment below or send me an email and I will answer your questions!!