Big data in biology has an important role in shaping our understanding of living beings better. Data has always been an integral part of life science but with the availability of computation power, the volume and heterogeneity of data are largely increased. To make sense of this large volume of data available, a biologist needs to be able to know the processes and methodologies to interpret the data. And this is where the biggest challenge lies for biologists and bioinformaticians.
Tope Oketoki is a Chief Research Officer at the biotechnology department at the Nigeria Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR, Lagos) in Lagos, Africa. He has a degree in Zoology from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Also, he has a degree in Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
He joined the 15-days Big Data in Biology program by Pine Biotech in collaboration with Biologix Support Services in Nigeria. He says that ever since he completed his Ph.D. program last year in the field of aquaculture molecular biology and genetics, he has been wanting to take advantage of courses/training that will help him achieve his goals. He has a passion to make a career pivot in bioinformatics/big data analysis.
During this program, he completed several courses, including Genomics 1, Metagenomics, Introduction to Epigenetics, as well as several others. With over 10,700 points, Tope is now number 57 on the leaderboard.
You can check out his profile here: https://edu.t-bio.info/members/toketoki/
Tope has completed a number of programs on our website. When asked about his experience, he says that this was the third online training in bioinformatics that he took. And after having done so many courses he feels that the content in addition to the hands-on platform is just exceptional. He also mentioned that he did not think, it could be this all encompassing and easy to understand.
“The courses are beyond my expectation. The platform for pipeline hands-on-training was amazing- very well simplified, I was always curious about the next step. The course content was rich and easy to understand especially with the help of the attached videos. I look forward to taking more courses.”
After completing the program, Tope’s goals are to continue learning more about big data in biology and contribute to his field of research in marine biology.
High-throughput technologies continue to transform biology and add more and more data to the data repositories. The work at hand that remains is to mine the important information out of this data and make meaning out of it. Extracting meaningful biological information out of complex datasets is what every researcher faces the challenges with. Hence online programs like Big Data in Biology helps to simplify these processes so that even non-bioinformaticians can learn and use the knowledge to make meaning out of big data in biology.