Biochemistry concerns the study of the chemical processes inherent in biological systems, while chemical biology involves the application of chemical techniques to study and manipulate biological systems. Both of these disciplines span chemistry, cell biology, molecular biology and biophysics. Examples include studying the synthesis of peptides, selective labeling of proteins in a cell, or engineering DNA or RNA analogues with new properties. By understanding complex biological systems at the chemical level and developing synthetic compounds that can alter biological processes, biochemists and chemical biologists can develop new therapeutics to tackle human diseases or to probe biological pathways.
The following MCDB faculty have interests in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology: