Biochemists: Investigating the Chemistry of Living Things
Students interested in projects involving food science, microbiology, plants, bacteria, and the effectiveness of different medicines may want to learn more about biochemistry as a possible science career path. Biochemists work on a wide range of exciting projects involving chemical processes that happen within living organisms.
What do the questions in the images above all have in common?
Got the answer yet? Some of the projects above appear in the food sciences area at Science Buddies, and some of them are classified as microbiology, biotechnology, human health and biology, and plant science projects. As different as some of these projects may seem from one another, they all involve studying chemical processes that occur in living organisms. Because of this, all of these are projects, questions, and challenges that a biochemist might work on.
Would I Want to Be a Biochemist?
Do the investigations listed above sound interesting to you? Do you enjoy biology and chemistry classes? Are you curious about the way medicines work in the body? Do you wonder about the mutations in organisms that lead to diseases like cancer? Are you interested in cell development? Are you inspired by current stem cell research? Are there conditions or diseases you would like to better understand and even work on helping find a cure? Do you love the idea of being the first person to discover something new about what's going on inside living organisms? If these science topics sound intriguing, then biochemistry is a field of science you may want to explore!
To learn more about a career in biochemistry, visit the Science Buddies Biochemist career page. There, you can
find out more about the education requirements for biochemists, average salaries, and sample projects and tasks that a biochemist might do. You can also read interviews with current biochemists to learn what they do in a typical day, what they love about their jobs, and how they got into the field. For example, meet Stuart Barnscher, a chemist at Agensys, Helen McBride, a scientist at Amgen, and Michael DiDonato, a research investigator at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation.
From cancer research to immunology, these scientists are working on exciting projects as biochemists!
Explore the World of Biochemistry with Science Buddies
At Science Buddies, students will find a wide variety of biochemistry Project Ideas. From food stabilization to the impact of medicine on the body to processes like coagulation, the list of science projects below highlights some of the many hands-on student science projects that can help a student explore biochemistry and start thinking about this exciting STEM career path:
- A Juicy Project: Extracting Apple Juice with Pectinase
- Bioluminescence: Investigating Glow-in-the-Dark Dinoflagellates
- Blood Clotting to the Rescue: How to Stop Too Much Blood from Flowing
- Calcium Carbonate to the Rescue! How Antacids Relieve Heartburn
- Death Rays: What Duration of Ultraviolet Exposure Kills Bacteria?
- Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions—What Affects Their Rates?
- Fresh Whipped Cream That Lasts *
- From Bitter to Sweet: How Sugar Content Changes in Ripening Fruit
- From Sauce to Solid: The Science of Cranberry Condiments
- Gel Well: Which Additives Make the Strongest Gelatin?
- How Are Antibodies Used for Blood Typing?
- I Love Ice Cream, But It Doesn't Love Me: Understanding Lactose Intolerance
- Reveal the Red: Exploring the Chemistry of Red Flower Pigments
- The Skinny on Moisturizers: Which Works Best to Keep Skin Moist?
- Which Acne Medication Can Really Zap That Zit?