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What is biochemistry?



Biochemistry is all about discovering new biochemical structures and determining their functions and interactions with other molecules...

...from the biochemical bonds that link the atoms of simple molecules...

...to larger structures, like cell membranes or the double-helix molecule of DNA.

Biochemists study complex molecular machines, metabolic pathways and biochemical communication across cells and throughout organisms.

Advances in biochemistry over the past 100 years have been staggering... the opportunities for further discovery are MASSIVE.



Living organisms are held together with biochemistry

Biochemistry is a fascinating, diverse and sprawling discipline; which makes it tricky to define concisely. Biochemistry can explain processes within many other life science disciplines:

  • Biotechnology and bioinformatics
  • Cell biology and signalling
  • Development and disease
  • Energy and metabolism
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Plant biology

Biochemistry is often associated with the laboratory but is increasingly being explored through computers. Its study applies the molecular aspects of chemistry to the vast variety of biological systems.


Biochemists make valuable contributions:
  • Provide new ideas and experiments to understanding how life works
  • Support our understanding of health and disease
  • Discover new ways to use molecular systems and their biological functions
  • Contribute innovative information to the technology revolution
  • Work alongside chemists, physicists, healthcare professionals, government policy makers, engineers, zoologists, environmental scientists, sales and marketing, journalists and other professionals 
Biochemists are useful in many places:

Hospitals, university research departments, agriculture, food institutes, education, scientific law, cosmetic industries, forensic crime research, industrial laboratories, drug manufacturing, biotechnology, publishing, sales and marketing, government administration, science writing and many more…


A biochemistry degree provides many transferable skills:

Analytical, communication, research, problem solving, numerical, written, observational, planning, team work, organizational, computational… good preparation for any career.

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.