P4 training and_life_as_a_postdoc_(shinichi_sunagawa)

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  • 1. Bioinformatics Career Day 2012 Shinichi Sunagawa Bork Group www.sunagawa.de EMBL Heidelberg EBI / DKFZ: Bioinformatics Career Day – 24 May 2012
  • 2. Current RoleSince Jan 2012 (after 1.5 years postdoc)• Research Scientist at Bork Group: Computational Biology - Network biology - Comparative genomics - Metagenomics• Responsibilities - coordinate / manage metagenomics projects Qin et al. 2010, Nature; Arumugam et al. 2011, Nature Karsenti et al. 2011, PLoS Biology - support progress of PhD students and postdocs - own research projects EBI / DKFZ: Bioinformatics Career Day – 24 May 2012
  • 3. Background / atypical career path?Diploma - BiochemistryMSc / PhD - Aquatic Ecology / Quantitative and Systems Biology Started programming in 2006 PhD 2010 EBI / DKFZ: Bioinformatics Career Day – 24 May 2012
  • 4. Today and outlookTypical activity - using and developing programs to analyze DNA sequencing data What attracted me to this position? • exciting projects • from data generation to data analysis • diversification of skill-set • springboard to independent researcherWhat do I enjoy most about my job? • perspective to find out something usefulTwo cents for future bioinformaticians: • in many, if not most areas of biology, computers keep gaining importance EBI / DKFZ: Bioinformatics Career Day – 24 May 2012