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The role of a clinical biochemist focuses on the analysis of patient samples, including tissue, blood and other bodily fluid, and the diagnosis and treatment of disorders.
They often work in multidisciplinary teams alongside doctors, pathologists and other healthcare scientists, such as immunologists, haematologists, and microbiologists. Work is typically carried out within a hospital laboratory setting and clinical biochemists will rarely have direct contact with patients.
Some clinical biochemists may not work on individual patient complaints, but will research and study samples in order to assist in the development of treatments and cures.
Similar to other healthcare scientists, much of the work of a clinical biochemist will involve the use of computers and complex specialist testing equipment. All scientists must ensure that the apparatus they use is accurate and safe.
Clinical biochemists working predominantly in research might analyse the effects of certain substances on human samples, such as different drugs and medications. Any findings may be used to advise doctors, other scientists and clinicians.