Portuguese Biochemical Society


What is Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is a laboratory-based science in which chemistry is used to understand and explore biological processes both at molecular and cellular levels. Thus, biochemistry is not only a chemical but also a life science implying that the basic concepts of cell and molecular biology, genetics, microbiology and physiology are used to understand the chemical events within and related to living systems. While using chemical knowledge and techniques, biochemists pursue the exciting and challenging goal of understanding and solving biological problems. How?
• Suggesting new hypothesis to understand life, health and disease
• Providing experimental approaches to tackle novel and disruptive ideas
• Being part of multidisciplinary teams including chemists, biologists, physicians, engineers among others
• Contributing to the progress of scientific knowledge and technology in different working environments