What is Biochemistry?
Biochemistry is a fundamental science that search for understanding of how living organism’s function. It applies chemistry to study biological systems at a cellular and molecular level.
Because living organisms are very complex, biochemistry is a very broad field. Consultancy is available in the following specialities: Clinical Biochemistry, Industrial Biochemistry, Research Biochemistry, Analytical Biochemistry, Medical Biochemistry, Nutritional Biochemistry, Plant Biochemistry, Environmental Biochemistry, Agricultural Biochemistry, etc.
On this page, find out the roles of a biochemist and how to hire a biochemist as a consultant for your organisation. I am always ready to assist your organisation in any of the above specialities.
What does a biochemist do?
Most biochemists work in basic or applied research. Those in applied research use learning from basic research to develop new techniques, processes, devices, or products. There are different types of biochemists based on their field of speciality:
Clinical Biochemists: Use samples from patients to research, diagnose,and treat disease.
Industrial Biochemists: Apply biochemistry to the manufacture of goods (e.g., monitoring parts of a food manufacturing process or providing specialist quality control and product safety testing).
Research Biochemists: Perform laboratory research to further understanding of biological processes (e.g., researching the signaling pathways involved in cell differentiation).
Analytical Biochemists: Use sophisticated equipment to analyze biological samples to determine the identity and quantity of substances they contain (e.g., testing an athlete’s blood sample for anabolic steroids).
Medical Biochemists: Focus on medical applications of biochemistry (e.g., researching the pathogenesis of disease, uncovering biomarkers of cancer, or examining the effects of drugs on the human body).
Nutritional Biochemists: Investigate how the body uses different foods to derive energy and nutrients and how different foods and supplements promote health or contribute to disease.
Plant Biochemists: Investigate the cellular and molecular processes in plants.
Environmental Biochemists: Investigate the interplay between the environment and living organisms (e.g., studying the effects of soil pollutants on human and animal health).
Agricultural Biochemists: Use biochemistry to improve agricultural production (e.g., using genetic engineering of plant crops to withstand drought).
The different roles that biochemists play can include the following:
Applying for research grants
Designing and conducting basic and applied research projects
Managing and supervising laboratory teams
Going out into the field to collect samples
Preparing research reports and journal articles
Presenting research findings to colleagues and stakeholders
Extracting, synthesizing, and analyzing nucleic acids, enzymes, signaling factors, toxins, and other molecules
Employing sophisticated laboratory instruments such as electron microscopes, mass spectrometers, and next-generation sequencers
Using technical software and tools for modeling, visualization, and data analysis
Developing new products and checking the production process for safety and quality
Developing new chemical formulations and processes
Helping to develop and test medical devices
Troubleshooting problems with laboratory protocols and equipment
Teaching undergraduates and graduates at colleges and universities
Consulting in their field of expertise
Things to consider when planing to hire a freelance consultant biochemist
To attract the best freelancers, ensure that your project description is informative and the scope is well defined. You will need to provide information on the following:
Skills required (e.g., expertise in protein expression)
What the project area is (e.g.,comparing protein expression between diseased samples and healthy controls)
What the project entails (e.g., consulting regarding the best techniques to use)
What the deliverables are (be specific about what you need the outputs to be)
Duration of the project (provide an estimate of how many hours work you will need per week/by when you need the project to be completed)
By when you need to hire (having more leeway on this will give you more time to choose the best expert for your needs)
Your budget (per hour or fixed fee)