Coding for a cure
To begin, I spoke with a JCU bioinformatician who directed me to online workshops to begin learning computer coding. I spent the first week learning background about multiple sclerosis, the basics of UNIX commands and RStudio by completing online tutorials and reading papers. I then received hundreds of data files to begin analysing. That is where it got hard. Computer coding can be very tricky. One missed period, one misplaced letter and it all fails. Try, try again. Throughout the remaining six weeks I worked my way through the remaining analysis and although I was unable to finish it, I received enormous satisfaction from what I did accomplish.
In the end, I learnt valuable new skills and I am now pursuing a career in bioinformatics, to combine my love of molecular biology with my new-found love of computer coding.
“This studentship opened up new doors and possibilities for future career opportunities that I otherwise would not have discovered.”
The Comparative Genomics Centre conducts research that enhances our understanding of the processes involved in cancer, birth defects, immune compromised states and autoimmune disease. The summer studentship at CGC provides talented and highly motivated students with opportunities to receive instruction in the latest genetic and immunological techniques.