Bioinformatics Career DayGiulietta M. Spudich, PhDOutreach Project Leader, Ensembl
This talk … • Background (not bioinformatics!) • Why I moved from research • My job now, and how I got there • What I like about it all2
Background – Graduate School • PhD from University of California, Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology. • Thesis: Interactions in the Folding Intermediate of E. coli RNase H: Comparisons with the Native State Ensemble • Teaching: • Introduction to Biochemistry Lab and Lecture (TA) • Snapshots of a Protein: Methods in Detecting Protein Structure • Oversaw the 7 month lab project of a Master’s Student • Teaching awards (one ‘applied’ for)Challenges: Juggling teaching and research Advisor wasn’t thrilledPayoffs: Opened the door to teaching3
Background- PostDoc • MRC-LMB Biochemical investigation of Myosin VI interactions with protein and lipid • Three publications (Nature Cell Biology, Journal of Cell Biology, and Annual Review in Cell and Dev. Biol.) • Teaching: • University Teaching Associate (workshops in teaching and presentation skills) • Cambridge International Exams – Wrote and marked exams and course material in Proteomics Challenges: Two jobs! Takes time … Payoffs: More teaching experience, exam writing, and increased transferable skills like giving presentations4
Outreach for a Genomics Resource • Mixes science and teaching into one job • Supports research • Bioinformatics resource- in an active and fascinating field • Includes many different activities. • Presentations/ teaching • Video tutorials • Helpdesk (email support) • Writing help material • Help with web design based on user feedback • Usability testing (recent) Challenges: Changed fields from protein biochemistry! Genomics and bioinformatics! Lots to learn.5 Payoffs: Get to have one job now. Doing what I love.
Career Growth • In Feb 2011, I applied for and moved to the Ensembl Outreach Team Leader position. • New job duties: • Manage a team of 3 people • Strategy and management meetings • Decide directions and focus of our Outreach • Train new members • Maintain teaching and support Challenges: Management is a new experience. A new challenge! (EMBL courses help!) Payoffs: Stimulating, I develop new skills, and what I do has more impact on our project.6
What worked for me? • Working hard • Following what I loved to do • Finding out what others do in their jobs (career paths) • Sticking with an interesting and active project/field • Recognising that scientific careers extend beyond basic research Follow your heart! What do you find fulfilling?7