How I Went From Being A Research Veterinarian To A Bioinformatics Research Fellow

Growing up, I was deeply fascinated by computers. This curiosity didn’t wane as I grew older and ventured into a more biology-inclined field for my undergraduate degree. After college, I knew one thing for sure, I wanted to find solutions to biological problems through a computational lens. In that way, I could unify my love for computation with my passion for biology. Thus, I came to the conviction to start my journey in bioinformatics.

I began to search for avenues to quench my thirst for bioinformatics knowledge and quickly discovered that there was so much information out there. I didn’t know where to get started, what I needed to learn, and how to do so. I struggled to find the right fit, the right information, and the right way to apply the concepts I encountered. That was until I discovered Omics Logic portal. A platform for learning about the data-driven approaches in the realm of biology, and even medicine. The most exciting and unique aspect of Omics Logic was that the learning journey transcended beyond merely observing to actual participation in research.

The learning process is like a ladder, and the first rung for beginners starts with building the basic knowledge through the introductory coursework. This builds a solid foundation for beginners to commence their bioinformatics journey with ease while providing a taste of the different omics specializations of the field.

The introductory coursework includes:

Course 1: Introduction to Bioinformatics is presented in three lessons namely:

  • Lesson 1 - Introduction to Big Data Bioinformatics
  • Lesson 2 - Bioinformatics in Healthcare
  • Lesson 3 - Translational Bioinformatics

The first lesson describes how big data is changing and shaping the concept of modern scientific research through the data-driven model. In the second lesson, I delve into the revolutionization of healthcare with a spotlight on precision medicine, where the genes are used to obtain diagnostics and therapeutics that are specifically tailored to a patient. By the final lesson, I got to learn about the widespread applications of bioinformatics in fields such as agriculture, public health, and environmental science. In this aspect of the lesson, the T-BioInfo platform was also explored, it is a user-friendly online platform that can enable anyone (students, biologists, researchers, and clinicians, among others) to investigate biomedical omics data.

Course 2: Bytes and Molecules have the following lessons namely:

  • Lesson 1 - Getting Started: Bytes and Molecules
  • Lesson 2 - Citizen Science
  • Lesson 3 - Molecules, Data and Life
  • Lesson 4 - Code of Life
  • Lesson 5 - Protein Structure and Function
  • Lesson 6 - Introduction to Genomics
  • Lesson 7 - Introduction to Transcriptomics
  • Lesson 8 - Introduction to Metagenomics
  • Lesson 9 - Bioinformatics and Precision Medicine
  • Lesson 10 - Space Omics and Astronaut Health
  • Lesson 11 - Introduction to Bioinformatics Languages (R)

Course 2: Bytes and Molecules take us on a journey from the code of life to all the different omics types. We also learn about the growing power of citizen science as well as get a hands-on experience of coding in biology using the R programming language.

Watch the video to learn how you can get started with your OmicsLogic journey toward bioinformatics - https://youtu.be/_dYEHqzZ-Wo 

My learning experience so far with the Omics Logic platform has been absolutely amazing. I love how the courses are well-paced, building from the very basics to more dynamic concepts while maintaining a great learning flow throughout.

To better explain and illustrate lessons, there are many engaging videos, pictures, and slides interlaced into the course content. This was wonderful as it kept the lessons interesting and visually exciting. There are also external links for future reference and further reading.

Glossary

 

One of my favorite features on the Omics Logic portal is that there is a glossary of all terms found in the course material (so if you have signed up for the courses, ensure to click those highlighted links in the course materials). This was super helpful to me, especially as a beginner, to better understand the new terminologies I encountered.

I personally enjoyed the implementation of real-world applications of the concepts taught in the coursework. This really helped me understand the relevance of what I was learning. The quizzes for each lesson were fun to solve, and a great way to test one’s knowledge of the course.

Finally, I really appreciate how learning bioinformatics on the Omics Logic platform has been made easy, fun, and engaging. The learning path has been mapped perfectly, providing the right steps to follow, the right information to learn at a time, and the way it can then be applied in a research project. I am excited to keep learning and I would advise anyone interested in research, bioinformatics, omics, and big data to begin their Omics Logic journey today!

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