Biochemist

Job Summary

Responsible for studying the chemical principles and properties of living things and of biological processes such as growth, heredity, and cell development and death.

Primary responsibilities

  • Study, analyze, observe, record, and report chemical properties of living things.
  • Develop theories and predictions based on collection of data.
  • Use electron microscopes, lasers, and other laboratory instruments and equipment to carry out their research.
  • Use computer modeling software to determine the three-dimensional structures of proteins and other molecules.
  • Use chemical enzymes to synthesize recombinant DNA.
  • Work with experts in other fields, such as physics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering.
  • Study the genetic mutations in cells within organisms that lead to cancer and other diseases.
  • Study the evolution of plants and animals to understand how genetic traits are carried through successive generations.
  • Analyze the effects of substances such as drugs, hormones, and food on tissues and biological processes.
  • Plan products and apply for grants.
  • Manage laboratory teams.
  • Present research findings to the field.
  • Analyze food products to measure their vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, and minerals.
  • Study and observe chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity
  • Use knowledge to create new products or to solve practical problems.
  • Develop synthetic hormones that can be produced on a large scale.
  • Determine the effects of chemicals on medical problems such as cancer, aging, or obesity.

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