Aitana Lebrand – Laureate of the 2010 SIB Early Career Bioinformatician Award
Aitana Lebrand was a Graduate Student in the team of SIB Group Leader Sven Bergmann at the University of Lausanne when she received the award in 2010 for her project on the “Precision and Scaling in Developmental Patterning” in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.
Today, Aitana works as a Clinical Bioinformatics Project Manager in the Clinical Bioinformatics Group at SIB, notably to harmonize next-generating sequencing (NGS) efforts between University Hospitals in Switzerland. To learn more about Aitana’s work, have a look at the Clinical Bioinformatics webpage.
In your personal opinion, what is the single most fascinating discovery made possible by bioinformatics?
Bioinformatics enabled the Human Genome Project and thereby a better understanding of the structure and function of our genome.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to play music, mainly the bass guitar, and I recently started to learn how to play the saxophone too
Any words for the future generation of bioinformaticians?
It’s important to take time explaining to your non-bioinformatician collaborators what you’re doing, how you’re doing it, and why you’re doing it - even the maths! But also, remember to take time to ask your collaborators what they’re doing, how they’re doing it, and why... You could even consider spending a few days in their lab: understanding each other is key for fruitful, rewarding and successful collaborations!