Biochemistry

On the shoulders of giants  

Studying several science areas together is a recipe for discovery.

Want to invent new technology and create and explore medical frontiers?

“I studied chemistry alongside biochemistry and physiology, which is great for my career because I understand how cells work even though I’m working in chemistry,” says University of Sydney graduate and researcher, Dr Elizabeth New.

Elizabeth develops new chemical sensors that can detect chemicals in proteins and DNA. Researchers can use the sensors to pinpoint causes of diseases and their treatments.

“It’s really exciting to discover new ways in which biological systems work,” says Elizabeth. She’s currently developing probes to detect metal ions and investigate their link to Alzheimer’s disease.

Elizabeth was inspired to start a career in biochemistry research after getting hands-on experience during her undergrad degree. “I love that in research, we can make changes to the really important issues facing society today.”

– Cherese Sonkkila

TO GET THERE: Bachelor of Science (Advanced), University of Sydney 
Biochemistry researcher

“I love that in research, we can make changes to the really important issues facing society today.”

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