Nacho Molina – Laureate of the 2011 SIB Early Career Bioinformatician Award
Nacho Molina received the SIB Early Career Bioinformatician Award for his project on how “Mammalian genes are transcribed with widely different bursting kinetics”, performed in the team of SIB Group Leader Félix Naef at EPFL (Lausanne).
Today, Nacho is successfully leading his own group at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology (IGBMS) in France and is also a permanent researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Together with his team, he is trying to improve our understanding of how stochastic process influence eukaryotic gene regulation. To learn more about Nacho’s research interests, have a look at his group webpage and follow @molina_lab on Twitter.
In your personal opinion, what is the single most fascinating discovery made possible by bioinformatics?
Nowadays, it is almost impossible to find a breakthrough event in biology that does not heavily rely on sophisticated computational approaches to analyse the experimental data and to model the biological process under study. However, if I have to choose a recent research direction in bioinformatics that I personally find exiting, then it is the inference of cell types, differentiation linages and gene regulatory networks from single-cell transcriptomic data.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I have two kids aged 7 and 5 years: I don't have free time!
Any words for the future generation of bioinformaticians?
Keep working hard because the future of research in biology is yours.