Science Education: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Understanding the interactions between molecules—that's chemistry. And understanding the chemistry that occurs in living organisms—that's biochemistry. Studies in these areas focus on questions like:
- How do enzymes generate cellular energy and facilitate chemical reactions?
- What roles do natural substances like fats and sugars play in our bodies?
- How can we use chemistry to design new medicines?
Follow the links below to learn more about chemistry and biochemistry, including recent discoveries, and read profiles of researchers working in these fields.
The Chemistry of Health
Showcases the many ways that chemistry is helping make the world healthier.
Computing Chemistry from Computing Life
Explores how combining chemistry and computers helps scientists develop new medicines and new materials.
The Chemistry of Health Poster
Get inspired by chemistry.
NIGMS has a strong track record of funding scientists who receive Nobel Prizes. Learn about NIGMS-funded scientists who have received a Nobel Prize for their chemistry-related discoveries.
E. Coli Bacteria as Medical Sensors and Hard Drives?
E. coli bacteria help us digest our food, produce vitamin K and serve as a model organism in research. Now, they might one day be harnessed as sensors and storage devices.
Correcting a Cellular Routing Error Could Treat Rare Kidney Disease
A compound approved for treating certain bacterial infections could be a promising candidate for treating a rare and potentially fatal genetic kidney disorder.
Modifying Bacterial Behavior
An improved understanding of a chemical communication system could point to a new way to control disease-causing bacteria.
Organic/biochemist Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah designs "smart molecules" that will shut down cancer cells while leaving the healthy ones untouched.
Mesmerized by Metals
Biochemist Amy Palmer tracks zinc in brain cells to uncover the causes of Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and prostate cancer.
Drugs from Deep Down
Biosynthetic chemist Brian Bachman studies secondary metabolites found in caves to help find cures for diseases.
Cool Video: Repurposing Genes, Repurposing Drugs
Using an evolutionary approach, researchers have determined that a compound used to treat parasitic and fungal infections could also reduce the size of tumors.
Dr. Martin Burke on Being a Chemist
Martin Burke discusses his current research and how he got interested in it.
Dr. Michael Rogers on Small-Molecule Chemistry
NIGMS' Michael Rogers talks about small-molecule chemistry.
Cool Image: Snap-Together Laboratory
Like snapping Lego blocks together to build a fanciful space station, scientists have developed a new way to assemble a sophisticated laboratory tool for manipulating small volumes of fluids.
These colorful, computer-generated ribbons show the backbone of a molecule that glows a fluorescent red.
Carbon Building Blocks
The arrangement of identical molecular components can make a dramatic difference.