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:


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:


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!

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