I was recently introduced to the field of Quantum Biology after watching the following video on youtube:

I found this area of science very interesting and would like to learn more about it as it links biology, chemistry and physics very well together. I applied to university this year to study Biochemistry and was wondering if there is any possiblity of going into research in this area of science in the future with a background in biological sciences. If so, what topics in a Biochemistry degree would I benefit most from?

I agree with you, I think this area of biology is fascinating, but it is early days. I would imagine that there are not a lot of scientists in the UK directly working on this - however a cursory search found a self-funded PhD project at the University of Surrey (http://www.findaphd.com/search/projectd … PJID=58482), and a workshop a few years ago (http://www.ias.surrey.ac.uk/workshops/quantumbiology/), so there is obviously interest.

There is increasing emphasis on multi-disciplinary approaches in biological/medical research, such as mathematical modelling of biological processes. This article on quantum biology - http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/v9/ … s2474.html - highlights photosynthesis and magneto-reception for bird navigation. As to subject areas in Biochemistry I have no idea which specific ones would be the most appropriate for a post-graduate career - I think a general grounding in genetic and cellular processes would be important. You could contact the people at Surrey, or others listed in the workshop noted above, and ask for their advice (?).

Last edited by Steve Lolait (7th Nov 2015 13:34:23)

for now focus on getting the best degree you can from the best university. subspecialisation in fields like Quantum Biology will come much later at PhD level or beyond.