Biology is rapidly changing, being transformed by new technologies. With the rise of data, automation and computers, it has become necessary for biologists to embrace the field of bioinformatics. From DNA Microarrays, Next Generation Sequencing, and Mass Spectrometry, data is forming new fields like comparative genomics, synthetic biology, functional genomics and medical informatics. As a result, bioinformatics is of growing importance to those that are learning about human health and welfare.
Shreyeshi Dhar is a BTech Biotechnology graduate from Amity University, Kolkata. In the future, she wants to employ her bioinformatics skills to human welfare. Shreyeshi has been an intern at several research institutes like the Indian Statistical Institute and the National Institute of Science, Research and Education to name a few. She graduated from Amity in 2019 and ranked second amongst her peers. She is currently preparing for her GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) examinations. In the future, she wants to pursue higher education in biology. Besides her studies, Shreyeshi enjoys reading and music.
Shreyeshi participated in the Introduction to Bioinformatics 3-month pilot program after being advised by her faculty, Dr. Chittabrata Mal, Amity University, Kolkata. Her interest in computational biology and machine learning led her to join this program. Throughout the program, she has completed many courses, including Introduction to Bioinformatics, Genomics 1, Transcriptomics series, as well as others on the T-Bio Info platform.
Shreyeshi ranks #16 on the leaderboard with 16,070 points.
You can check out her profile here: https://edu.t-bio.info/members/shreyeshi-dhar/
This is what Shreyeshi had to say about her experience:
“It was a good pilot programme. I have gathered lots of information about the various approaches of biological data. Having a hands on practical session was the best part of the project and it was also very interesting.’
She also had feedback for the online courses she completed:
“Enlightening Course – This course serves as the stepping stones towards the world of “Data Science”. It not only nurtures the basics of Bioinformatics but also provides an in-depth understanding of various topics related to it. The course not only enlightens us with the various aspects of Bioinformatics but also excites our thoughts and eagerness to learn and discover more. The video lectures provided in this course makes each topic crystal clear. I absolutely encourage all the people to look through the courses and enjoy advanced and ease learning.”
“Wonderful course – Transcriptomics 2 is the extension of Transcriptomics 1; it takes us much deeper into the sphere of data analysis. This course exposes us to the concept of Differential Expression, Factor regression analysis and many more. The information is well documented by using a very simple vocabulary which is very easy to grasp. I highly recommend this course to everyone.”
“Introduction to Machine learning – Transcriptomics 3 encompasses the concepts of unsupervised and supervised analysis of biological data. This course contains explanations of various ML algorithms such as LDA, swLDA and SVM. We also learn about the development of classifiers from known samples to classify unknown samples. The course allows us to perform the hands-on practical on the t-bio-server platform where we can deal with a real world biological data for preparatory and other additional analysis.”
“Good start to Genomics – The course starts with the introduction of the Central Dogma of Life. It familiarizes us with the various concepts concerned with genomic variation like- insertion, deletion, translocation etc. The best part about this course is that it allows us to perform, explore and analyse more on genomics data by using the t-bio server by building the most optimized pipeline. Each and every concept has been explained and guided in a very clear fashion. Apart from knowledge gaining, I enjoyed a lot while going through this course.”
Bioinformatics in biological research is indispensable. And to take advantage of the abundant high-throughput data, biologists need to learn cutting-edge tools and methods for analysis. The online courses offered by Pine Biotech in the OmicsLogic series ensure that any student or professional can learn about nuanced data analysis concepts and techniques at your own pace.