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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds Hi. My name is Emma and I work in the editorial department at Portland Press, a scientific publisher, part of the Biochemical Society.

Skip to 0 minutes and 17 seconds My role is to keep abreast of the latest developments and research in biochemistry and molecular life sciences, and to talk to key scientists and encourage them to submit their latest research papers and review articles to our journals. I have an undergraduate in biochemistry and this gives me a really great grounding across all areas that I need to know about and really helps when I’m looking at the latest research, for me to understand what’s going on. A really hot topic, at the moment, is it epigenetics and I can build on the basic DNA, genes and translation aspects of my undergraduate degree in order to understand what these latest discoveries really mean. Hi. My name is Gabriele Butkute.

Skip to 1 minute and 12 seconds I’m a science policy assistant at the Biochemical Society and the Royal Society of Biology. I have a degree in biomedical science of which big part was biochemistry. Soon after my degree I realised that research wasn’t really for me and my skills would be much better applied science policy. It is a fascinating field to work in because you get exposed so many different topics. For example, one of the areas of my work is antimicrobial resistance, and even though I will get it from a policy point of view, it is essential that I understand how it works and that they understand what the mechanisms behind it are, to be able to put the issue in context and address it effectively.

Biochemical Society videos: varied careers that involve biochemistry

Up to now our careers articles have focused on a range of jobs that link to further studies and research involving biochemistry. A training in biochemistry also provides opportunities to link to other types of jobs, which we will highlight in the next steps of the course.

Here, Emma and Gabriele highlight how their jobs at the Biochemical Society allow them and other biochemists to communicate their biochemistry knowledge to other people, which includes other scientists, policymakers or the wider public. Such communications may involve description of scientific data in reports or in scientific journals or they may involve presentations or talks in a range of formal and informal settings.

Further examples of careers taken up by biochemists are provided by the Biochemical Society case studies and career profiles

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