Loading presentation...

Present Remotely

Send the link below via email or IM

Copy

Present to your audience

Start remote presentation

  • Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
  • People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
  • This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
  • A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
  • Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article

Do you really want to delete this prezi?

Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.

DeleteCancel

Make your likes visible on Facebook?

Connect your Facebook account to Prezi and let your likes appear on your timeline.
You can change this under Settings & Account at any time.

No, thanks

A day in the life of a Bioinformatics Speacialist

No description
by

Aryan Trehan

on 9 March 2014

Comments (0)

Please log in to add your comment.

Report abuse

Transcript of A day in the life of a Bioinformatics Speacialist

What is a Bioinformatics Specialist?
EDUCATION
High School Courses
We all know that every job has its own specialties, and must require someone with experience from a variety of fields. This is why I have listed the recommended high school courses that one should take in order to be successful with this occupation.
Grade 9
English
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Creative Arts
Health & Physical Education
French
Computers
Grade 10
English
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Personal & Career Development
Computers
Grade 11
English
Mathematics
Probability & Statistics
Biology
Chemistry
Social Studies
Computer Science
Information Technology
Grade 12
English
Mathematics
Probability & Statistics
Biology
Chemistry
Social Studies
Computer Science
Information Technology
Job Description
As a members of the biotechnology field, Bioinformatics Specialists collect, organize and analyze biological data, with the help of their knowledge of math, computer science, and biology. They study the natural products that other organisms produce (honey, milk) in order to identify new ways to construct processes such as medicines or pesticides. However, the career itself is divided into two sections, and each one performs their own specific tasks and responsibilities. For one, you could see it as an opportunity to develop new programs and information tools that are able to document and store biological data. Or, on the other hand, you could find yourself in the middle of the DNA sequencing field, where one would work with DNA and discover genetic information about several organisms. In short, it is a never-ending experience that requires a lot of efforts, but eventually pays off with new opportunities.
High School Education
As you may already know, each and every profession has its own purpose, and requires employees with experiences from a variety of specific fields. In the case of being a Bioinformatics Specialist, I already explained that it puts your knowledge of math, computer science and biology to the test, and requires people who's knowledge, in these areas is extreme. Listed below are some of the recommended high school courses that would be beneficial to this job.
Grade 9
English
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Creative Arts
Health & Physical Eductaion
French
Computers
Grade 10
English
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Personal & Career Development
Computers
Grade 11
English
Mathematics
Probability & Statistics
Biology
Chemistry
Social Studies
Computer Science
Information Technology

Grade 12
English
Mathematics
Probability & Statistics
Biology
Chemistry
Social Studies
Computer Science
Information Technology

Earnings
Earnings, for most occupations, revolve around your experience in the field, your place of employment, and the education you received in previous years. This classification works in the same manner for a Bioinformatics Specialists, and earnings will be ordered based on these factors. Generally, those working in private industries and companies will possess higher salaries, and listed below is a scope of these ranges.

Research Assistants and those beginning their careers will earn anywhere between $35,000 and $45,000 a year
Those with more experience and advanced degrees could earn from $50,000 upwards annually
Employees with Masters Degrees and PhD's can receive anywhere between $60,000 and $100,000 or more a year

In addition to the salaries, many full time employees will receive benefits such dental coverage, paid vacations and sick days, extended health care, and donations to retirement saving plans.
Working Conditions
Bioinformatics Specialists possess similar working conditions to any employees in the biotechnology and biomedical fields, for they will generally share the same workplace. They will usually work alongside their fellow Biotechnologists and Gene Specialists, and/or form what is called an interdisciplinary team. This is when two or more academic fields (i.e. math and science) join together as a single unit, and discuss the ways that they may be able to support one another. Many Bioinformatics Specialists are often hired by universities, pharmaceutical companies, governments, and hospitals, as their work corresponds with what such associations require (collected data is used for medical, and teaching purposes). The general workplace of a Bioinformatics Specialist is usually at some sort of office or laboratory, and the majority of their time is expended in front of a computer screen. The generic working hours for a Bioinformatics Specialist is usually the same 9a.m-5p.m work shift, but times are often extended as a result of project deadlines and unexpected problems. Staff members may also work 12 hour shifts as a result of these issues and/or be required to make weekend trips to the facility.
University and College Programs
Alongside high school, we all know that most individuals would most probably further their understanding, by going to a university or college, for courses specific to their profession of choice. In the case of a Bioniformatics Specialist, there is a list below indicating the recommended college and university programs/courses one should take in order to further enhance their knowledge about this job.

Bioinformatics
(overall)
Biostatistics
(overall)
Computer Science
(documentation of information)
Statistics
(documentation of information)

Computer Science & Mathematics
(overall)
Molecular Biology
(DNA sequencing)
Colleges and Universities:
Carleton University

University of Guelph

University of Waterloo

McGill University
DNA Sequencing
Process of analyzing DNA structure and its appearance

Helps identify genes that may affect diseases

Allows researchers to use proteomics (study of proteins) to study DNA pieces on a more specific scale

Researchers study scientific data using tools to document information

While studying organisms, a lot of data is generated about cells and proteins
Information Documentation and Tool Development
Develop and improve tools used for the housing of information

Make good use of new algorithms and analytical techniques

Perform day to day duties such as debugging softwares and constructing computer programs

Known as "Biostatisticians" because of the statistical data they store

Create and maintain automated databases that are programed to analyze biological data on their own
By: Aryan
QUESTIONS!
Thanks for Listening!
Full transcript