What is Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is the application of chemistry to the study of biological processes at the cellular and molecular level. It emerged as a distinct discipline around the beginning of the 20th century when scientists combined chemistry, physiology and biology to investigate the chemistry of living systems. Biochemists are interested, for example, in mechanisms of brain function, cellular multiplication and differentiation, communication within and between cells and organs, and the chemical basis of inheritance and disease. The biochemist seeks to determine how specific molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, vitamins and hormones function in such processes. Particular emphasis is placed on regulation of chemical reactions in living cells.

What do Biochemists do in the Army?

Army biochemists are fully engaged in direct support of the DoD mission to assist in development of drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and other medical countermeasures for the warfighter. Most are found within the Medical Service Corps of the Army. They can lead organizations of varying size and manage complex research consortiums that may include scientists from the DoD, other U.S. Government agencies, academia, industry, allied nations, and non-governmental organizations. They can also serve in research laboratories within the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC).

Top Biochemistry Programs for Army Officers:

  • Harvard University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-San Francisco
  • Scripps Research Institute
West Point faculty members have attended graduate school through the Army. As a result, they`re familiar with most American universities and would be happy to advise you on this discipline as you consider your options. Feel free to give them a call at: (845)938-3909. When you do so, make sure to identify yourself as a CSP-GRADSO holder.

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