Biochemists and Biophysicists
Core Tasks Include:
- Prepare reports or recommendations, based upon research outcomes.
- Develop new methods to study the mechanisms of biological processes.
- Manage laboratory teams or monitor the quality of a team's work.
- Share research findings by writing scientific articles or by making presentations at scientific conferences.
- Develop or execute tests to detect diseases, genetic disorders, or other abnormalities.
- Study the mutations in organisms that lead to cancer or other diseases.
- Study spatial configurations of submicroscopic molecules, such as proteins, using x-rays or electron microscopes.
- Study the chemistry of living processes, such as cell development, breathing and digestion, or living energy changes, such as growth, aging, or death.
- Determine the three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules.
- Investigate the nature, composition, or expression of genes or research how genetic engineering can impact these processes.
- Study physical principles of living cells or organisms and their electrical or mechanical energy, applying methods and knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, or biology.
- Isolate, analyze, or synthesize vitamins, hormones, allergens, minerals, or enzymes and determine their effects on body functions.
- Design or perform experiments with equipment such as lasers, accelerators, or mass spectrometers.
- Teach or advise undergraduate or graduate students or supervise their research.
Supplemental Tasks Include:
- Develop or test new drugs or medications intended for commercial distribution.
- Prepare pharmaceutical compounds for commercial distribution.
- Research the chemical effects of substances, such as drugs, serums, hormones, or food, on tissues or vital processes.
- Research how characteristics of plants or animals are carried through successive generations.
- Develop methods to process, store, or use foods, drugs, or chemical compounds.
- Produce pharmaceutically or industrially useful proteins, using recombinant DNA technology.
- Research transformations of substances in cells, using atomic isotopes.
- Examine the molecular or chemical aspects of immune system functioning.
- Design or build laboratory equipment needed for special research projects.
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