Use your knowledge of the body's chemical processes to diagnose illness.
What does a Clinical Biochemist do?
Often found in the laboratory, Clinical Biochemists feel right at home with the latest in medical technology. A Clinical Biochemist discovers and treats diseases through biochemical testing before they cause major health problems for patients. In addition to diagnosing illnesses, as a Clinical Biochemist you also put your advanced knowledge of biology and chemistry to work developing better and faster ways to spot abnormal test results.
Biochemical testing looks at samples from the patient, such as blood, and examines them for signs of disease and for use in documentation of healthy samples. Without knowing what glucose levels for an average person are, for example, it would be hard to spot unusual glucose levels in a diabetic patient.
You spend the day analyzing test results and conferring with biomedical scientists and Doctors. Your specialized knowledge is vital. Tests can turn out false positives or run higher than normal in an otherwise healthy person. Taking age, gender, lifestyle, and history of illness into consideration is necessary to determine whether a patient is actually sick or always scores slightly outside the average range.
In addition to interpreting test results, you spend a portion of your workweek overseeing other Lab Technicians and experimenting with new testing methods to produce results that are more accurate. Your understanding of the human body, right down to the molecular level, gives you the knowledge to find the right chemicals to trigger a reaction in the blood sample of an ill patient. Your scientific breakthroughs as a Clinical Biochemist pave the way for fast, accurate healthcare.