Anamaria Necsulea – Laureate of the 2013 SIB Early Career Bioinformatician Award
Anamaria received the award for her research on “The evolution of vertebrate tissue transcriptomes” (Brawand, Soumillon, Necsulea et al., 2011 and Necsulea et al., 2014), which she conducted as part of her postdoctoral work at the University of Lausanne in the team of former SIB Group Leader Henrik Kaessmann (now at the Center for Molecular Biology at the University of Heidelberg).
Today, Anamaria has a tenure research position at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Lyon, France, where she continues her research in the area of evolutionary genomics.
Any words for the future generation of bioinformaticians?
In my opinion, there are two key points that today's bioinformaticians need to focus on. The first one is reproducibility: when publishing any kind of analyses, it is of paramount importance to provide enough information so that other researchers can reproduce the results. This is unfortunately still not the case for many publications. The second (but not least important) point is the energy required by bioinformatics analyses. The quantities of data that are generated by current molecular biology approaches are still increasing exponentially, and we should not overlook the fact that analysing these data requires substantial computing resources and computing time, and thus large amounts of energy. Thus, our research can have a strong negative impact on the environment. To limit this effect, we should all do our best to write highly efficient software for biological data analysis. So, two lines of advice: optimize your code and make it reproducible!