Did you know the emphasis on bio-economy growth between the years 2015 – 2020 was $150 billion by the Government of India? As the field continues to grow, here is a glimpse into the present scenario of academic and industrial opportunities for bioinformatics and data science in India based on the speaker sessions held during the Omics Research Symposium in March 2022.
Bioinformatics and Data Science in Academia
For Indian students interested to begin their journey in academia, one of the best ways is to get involved in research through working on a term paper, summer internships, major projects, and dissertations – says Dr. Puniti Mathur, Head, Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Amity University, India. Further, students are also encouraged to get their papers published starting as early as possible! Finally, she also gave a glimpse into her current research work involving the creation of a manually curated database of peptides containing unnatural amino acid residues called PepEngine.
Another frequently asked query amongst the students is – “Is it possible to transition to the field of bioinformatics academic research as a non-bioinformatics student?” Hailing from a plant biology background, Dr. Rita Sharma, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, BITS Pilani shares her journey into bioinformatics and highlights the role of data-driven precision agriculture for improved crop yield in the future. Further, she also gives tips and tricks for students to get involved in academic research by quoting examples of institutions and networks that are currently at the forefront of bioinformatics and data science research including Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Interactions and Networking Society, DBT initiative to upskill students through Skill Vigyan, and much more!
Bioinformatics has been gaining increasing significance with a growing focus on research in areas of multi-omics, drug discovery and development, cheminformatics, and many more subjects over the past few years. Dr. Gaurav Ahuja, Assistant Professor, Department of Computational Biology, IIIT-Delhi shed light on the evolving role of bioinformatics in universities and research labs in India. Further, he also shares some of his key research areas including olfaction, yeast modeling, and evolution. But does the research work gets limited to academia alone? Of course not! Dr. Ahuja concludes the session with an excellent overview of how technology transfer occurs between academia and industry using the example of CareOnco – a liquid biopsy technique for early detection of cancer!
Bioinformatics and Data Science in Industry
For those who are interested to transition to industrial bioinformatics from academia or if you are someone who wants to learn more about how bioinformatics is used in industrial research, these session takeaways are for you! “Omics play an important role in every step of drug discovery”, says Dr. Uday Saxena, EC Member - FABA, Co-Founder ReaGene Innovation. Quoting examples of how the target selection method is employed in the case of Tau for Alzheimer’s disease to the various phases involved in clinical trials, Dr. Saxena introduces the participants to the entire process behind drug discovery and how bioinformatics is used.
Next-generation technologies have been evolving over the past 10 years, leading to improvements in quality and yield. But have you wondered how they are used in India? For anyone interested to learn more about this topic, Mr. Rajavarman Kittu, Clinical Bioinformatics Specialist, Premas Life Sciences introduces the participants to the present scenario of next-generation sequencing technology infrastructure and applications in India.
Previously, we learned about how bioinformatics is used in drug discovery processes. But did you know in the present era of high throughput biology, bioinformatics also plays an immense role in the field of digital health? Dr. Vivek Das, Senior Research Scientist, Novo Nordisk shares details on how he applies advanced statistical, machine learning, and deep learning models for analyzing high-dimensional single-cell multi-omics data as a part of some of his curiosity-driven research activities!
Were you not able to attend the March 2022 Omics Research Symposium? Don’t worry! Another one is coming up at the end of August:
This August, we are organizing the third Omics Research Symposium Fall- 2022 bringing together students, researchers, faculty, and industry professionals to discuss recent advances in Omics Data and Computational Biology (Bioinformatics).
The online symposium will be held from August 30 - August 31, 2022 and will highlight the challenges, opportunities, and applications of bioinformatics and data science in life sciences education, research, and industry through keynote lectures, panel discussions, and a poster presentation competition.
By joining the symposium, students and researchers will learn about advances in enabling technologies, career opportunities in bioinformatics, project showcase, and poster competition, translational science hackathon: microbiome and health, and getting involved: finding labs, programs, and mentors.
You will also get an opportunity to explore collaborative projects, internships, and careers with an international team of experts and mentors in research domains of academia and industry. You will also learn about the diversity of projects conducted in all life sciences with big data – from nutrition to biotechnology and even forensic science! Importantly, you will also get to know the individuals who lead such projects and hear about their stories.
Needless, to say, symposium workshops are also a great time to get hands-on practice in computational biology and data science!
To learn about the symposium schedule and speaker sessions, visit – https://edu.omicslogic.com/omics-research-symposium-august-2022
If you are still wondering why and how can one make the most out of attending a research symposium, check out our other blogs:
7 Reasons Why You Should Attend Omics Research Symposium 2022 – https://edu.omicslogic.com/blog/7-reasons-why-you-should-attend-a-research-symposium
Omics Research Symposium 2022: What to expect and How to get involved? – https://edu.omicslogic.com/blog/omics-research-symposium-2022