I am doing a PhD in European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. I work in Toby Gibson group, a computational biology group doing research on short linear motifs in proteins and managing the Eukaryotic Linear Motif (ELM) resource.
My project is in bioinformatics of non-canonical interactions of proteins with PDZ domains - very abundant in animals protein domains participating in range of important biological processes, including cell signalling. I work with peptide binding data and available online data on protein-protein interactions to analyse protein-PDZ interactions and learn about their importance in living organisms. The project is carried our within PDZnet European Training Network.
Python programming is the main tool I use for my research, and I learned it doing my Masters degree in Bioinformatics. Other things I've learned during the Masters programme, that are very useful to me today, are various methods in protein and sequence bioinformatics. Those 2 years really set a very strong base for me to become a skilful bioinformatician through mandatory and optional courses and research projects.
Coming from a more strict environment, it was refreshing to do Masters where I was more flexible what exactly I want to take from it, and had less pressure to perform perfectly. That being said, doing Masters in Bioinformatics was still quite intense and challenging in all the good ways, and I really felt like I was learning a lot, jumping into programming having only biochemistry background. My overall stay in Lund was also an unforgettable experience - it's easy to have a rich social life, considering the availability of student activities around town. I personally found a lot of friends and great use of my free time in Kalmar nation, which was definitely one of the best things that happened to me in Lund.
Masters in Bioinformatics is a wonderful programme for biologists and biochemists out there who want to dry their hands off the wet lab and focus on data analysis and other beauties of computational biology. Having a great balance of compulsory and mandatory courses and projects, it can shape the student exactly into a bioinformatician they want to become. And if the student doesn't know what kind of bioinformatician they want to become - the programme gives a possibility to figure that out. The programme is great for anyone who wants to work as a bioinformatician in future, or apply bioinformatics tools in their work and research with ease.
Jelena Čalyševa, graduted in 2016, PhD student
Master's degree in Bioinformatics