Josephine Daub – Laureate of the 2014 SIB Best Swiss Bioinformatics Graduate Paper Award
Josephine received the award for her paper on the “Evidence for Polygenic Adaptation to Pathogens in the Human Genome”. The paper was published as part of her doctoral studies in the team of SIB Group Leader Laurent Excoffier at the University of Berne.
Today, Josephine is working as a postdoc in the group of Patrick Kemmeren at the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology in Utrecht (Netherlands). There she focusses on the development of a computational pipeline to identify genetic interactions in childhood cancer. To read more about her current research project, have a look at her project description on the Kemmeren group webpage and follow @JoDaub on Twitter.
Any words for the future generation of bioinformaticians?
As others have said before, it is a great time to be a bioinformatician or computational biologist, as it is a fast-growing field. Since there are so many possibilities, I would advise to try to find out what you really like to do, where your passion lies. Are you more interested in solving a specific biological question or do you like to focus on certain computational challenges? As a bioinformatician you can be partly a biologist, a programmer, a data analyst, a method developer, etc. Do you have any preference? Try to get a taste of all these aspects early in your career, so you can find the future job that fits you best!