Career in biochemistry

Modern medicine is marching along in great big strides, riding on the incredible success that biochemistry has enjoyed for about a century now. This interdisciplinary study reduces biological processes (reproduction, aging, genetics) to their chemical identity for easier comprehension. It’s not all internal though; external environmental influences have large effect on all living things and biochemists must tackle that mystery as well. The biochemist must embrace a large field of study at both micro-levels (studying carbohydrates, enzymes and fats and their functions at the cellular level) and macro-levels (studying respiration, metabolism) and more or less everything else related to the biological process.

Who Can Take Up Biochemistry?

Science stream students fresh out of 10+2 with minimum 50% marks can opt for a B.Sc. in Biochemistry. At the Masters level, B.Sc. degree holders can go for an M.Sc in Biochemistry and M.B.B.S degree holders for an MD in the same.

What sort of personality type is fit for Biochemistry?

Any research-oriented field like biochemistry requires someone who loves to be committed to a taks. They must have keen observational skills and a curious bent of mind. Because biochemists work in a research group, teamwork ability is a must among young aspirants.

Biochemistry career prospects

Biochemistry career opportunities can be virtually limitless: private research institutions, hospitals, government agencies, social and non-profit organisations all hunt for good biochemists. Their goals are usually similar – to research, experiment, conduct trials and find cures for diseases like cancer and AIDS and even mental disorders. Pharmaceuticals keep a sharp eye out for biochemistry professional. Private R&D jobs are among the most lucrative options for a newly minted biochemist.

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So where does a newly minted biochemist go?

Medicine: the main bastion of this profession, medical biochemistry seeks to identify the causes of disease, understand their transference from one generation to the other, understand their effect on the body in chemical terms and try and isolate the indicators that signal impending disease. This requires tracking chemical changes through normal bodily functions like muscle contraction, respiration etc.

Agriculture: In many parts of the world, people are already facing a food shortage but biochemists are mitigating that damage by developing cultivation innovations, improving pest control and optimising crop storage. And this needs to be made even better.

Nutrition: The thousands of different diet patterns in the human world are built on some near invariable essentials such as minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins. The biochemist’s job is to investigate their effect on the human body in cases of excess or scarcity of these essentials.

How much is a biochemist paid?

The great demand in this field means that even a trainee can command a pay check of anything between Rs. 8000 – Rs. 150000. Add experience and the figure skyrockets. MNCs and other private bodies offer a higher salary.


Biochemistry University/Institutes

So where can one get a biochemistry degree?

Courses : B.Sc (Hons.)/, B.Sc (p)/3 Yrs.
Eligibility : 10+2 with 40%50% in chosen subjects.

Courses : B.Sc/3Yrs.
Eligibility : 10+2 with 55% in relevant sub.

Courses : B.Sc(Hons)/3Yrs.
Eligibility : 10+2 with40%

Courses : B.Sc(Hons.Human Biology)/3Yrs.
Eligibility : 10+2 PCM/60%entrance test

Courses : M.Sc, M.Sc.(Med. BioChem)
Eligibility : B.Sc.with60%M.Sc.(Chem)or MBBS

  • Indian Institute Of Technology
Courses : MTech.(5Yrs.Integrated)
Eligibility : 10+2 PCM/entrance test

  • Kurukshetra University
Courses : B.Sc(H.Sc.and Bio chem.)3 Yrs
Eligibility : 10+2

  • Punjab Agriculture University
Courses : B.Sc 3 Yrs.
Eligibility : 10+2

  • Punjab University , Chandigarh
Courses : B.Sc 3 Yrs.
Eligibility : 10+2

  • Sardar Patel University
Courses : B.Sc 3Yrs
Eligibility : 10+2

  • University Of Mumbai
Courses : B.Sc 3Yrs
Eligibility : 10+2

  • Aligarh Muslim University
Courses : M.Sc 2 Yrs
Eligibility : B.Sc. with 55%

  • Banaras Hindu University
Courses : M.Sc.2 Yrs, M.Tech.(Bio .Chem)
Eligibility : B.Sc. with 55%B.Tech.

  • M S University Of Baroda , Varodara
Courses : MS, M.Sc.(Med. BioChem)
Eligibility : B.Sc.

  • All Indian Institute Of Medical Sciences
Courses : M.Sc.
Eligibility : B.Sc.(Hons)/B.Sc.(Bio)/BVSC/MBBS