Biochemistry, the study of the molecular basis of biological processes in living organisms, seeks to explain how a collection of atoms like carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen interact to build the biomolecules necessary for life.
It is a growing discipline that provides insight into the related fields of genetics, immunology, microbiology, cell biology, and physiology. It advances our understanding of the chemical reactions and molecular interactions that govern living organisms and makes important contributions to the fields of medicine, agriculture, nutrition, and even our criminal justice system.
The biochemistry program at Nazareth College provides opportunities for experiential learning such as undergraduate research, problem-based learning, and internships. Nazareth faculty mentor students on research projects such as the development of biofuels, characterization of proteins involved in blood coagulation, design of synthetic transcription factors, and analysis of small molecules in the spore-forming bacteria Bacillus subtilis.
In addition, students participate in undergraduate summer research programs across the U.S. and abroad. Our biochemistry major prepares students for careers and graduate studies in a variety of fields including research, business, law, education, medicine, pharmaceutical sales, and other health-related professions.
Postdoctoral fellow, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Jessica received her Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University in 2008. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, a prestigious research institute affiliated with MIT.