Considering the present global scenario of Covid-19 pandemic students who are going to enter their graduation and post-graduation courses, a BSc and MSc degree in Biochemistry will give them immense opportunity to not only get great jobs related to private and government health sectors but also in research and development section to generate vaccine and test kit development. Biochemistry provides the knowledge of chemical reactions of substances in living organisms. As a biochemist, you have to study biomolecules and the respective biochemical reactions that are controlled by enzymes and many other regulatory biomolecules. The in-depth knowledge of a biochemist in enzymes, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and other numerous processes related to the metabolism of mankind provides immense opportunity to build carriers in the health sector.
- A student who is interested in a career in vaccines can start with an undergraduate degree i.e Bachelor of Science (BSc) in fields of Biochemistry and then pursue MSc and Ph.D. As an interdisciplinary subject, biochemistry students get ample knowledge and training in subjects like clinical biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology, etc. which gives them a cutting edge over other bioscience students. Moreover, through the study of the bioinformatics course (as a part of Biochemistry course curriculum) students are enlightened regarding the in-silico analysis of different databases (like epitope mapping, etc.) which have immense importance in current vaccine designing approach called vaccinomics. Students get a thorough knowledge of structural intricacies of protein molecules along with immunology; these two subjects in combination provide the foundation of vaccine development.
- Because of the present scenario and the aftermath of the outbreak, the pharmaceutical industry especially the drug discovery sector is going to face a big challenge which in turn will need a huge number of young professionals. After the discovery of the corona drug/vaccine, it needs to reproduce on a huge scale to meet the demand of the worldwide market, not only the R&D sector but also the quality control and quality assessment sector need to recruit lots of industry-ready fresh biochemists. Besides, after the discovery of a lead molecule as a potential drug/vaccine, a series of biochemical tests are required where diverse skills of biochemistry could become handy. Young people with knowledge in biochemistry will certainly hold an advantage at this time. Drug discovery studies nowadays need strong background knowledge of bio-molecular interactions, the structure of target proteins which can be easily acquired through undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in biochemistry.
- Having a basic degree in biochemistry will also help one to serve in the fields of clinical and medical biochemistry which will need a battery of human resources in a very recent future due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak. As a part of the medical team in a hospital, the responsibility of a clinical biochemist is to test patient samples and interpret the data for a medical personal. Mainly they have to analyze blood, tissues, or urine samples through computer-aided and automated testing procedures. They also have to design experiments in search of different chemical functions in our bodies in search of different abnormal biochemical conditions. Along with doctors they have to work in close association with scientists, chemists, pharmacologists, and toxicologists. Biochemistry students can easily consider themselves as future health professionals.
- In the history of drug development phytochemicals always played an important role. Currently, various plant-derived drugs used throughout the world. Moreover, in recent years interest developed in the secondary metabolite or the ‘natural drug’ production. In many cases, it is very difficult to study the biosynthetic pathway of these metabolites. Through the plant tissue, culture techniques production of specific medically important secondary metabolites like alkaloids, glycosides, flavonoids, volatile oils, tannins, resins is also possible. Thus these traditional systems of medicine become a hot favorite for many scientists as well as industrialists. In the fight against COVID-19, this industry may play a vital role through their photoproducts. An expert biochemist is always in the top priority list of these industries.
- With the increase in worldwide population size study of virology became more important, as in the last few decades human races are threatened several times by none other than different viruses. Virus related research always the most favourite area for any biochemists. The unique nature of the virus has placed it in a focus of the questions asked at the molecular level since the biological nature of viruses can be seen most directly to be the expression of molecular attributes and chemical reactivities. A properly trained biochemist can become a virologist as the solution of viral problems lies within the core of the biochemistry of the proteins and nucleic acids. Thus, after completion of M.Sc. A biochemistry degree, a student can pursue his/her doctoral and post-doctoral research carrier in virology which is a very promising field in the current scenario. An academically-minded student can easily fulfill his/her dream of becoming Faculty of Biosciences by cracking national/state level teaching eligibility tests like SSC, NET, SET, etc.
Therefore, time demands to study Biochemistry in BSc and MSc so that they can serve humanity shortly.
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