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For anyone who’s interested in a career in bioinformatics:

There’s only ONE more VanBUG meeting this season and it’s happening Thursday April 14 at 6pm. Instead of a seminar style meeting, they’re doing a Bioinformatics Career Panel. Career panels are a great way of finding out what you could do with your degree, whether you are just starting out, have not started yet, or are contemplating a career change. I wish I had gone to more career panels when I did my first degree in biology.

The bioinformatics panelists include Benjamin Good (Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation), Inanc Birol (Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre and School of Computing Science, Simon Fraser University), Anthony Fejes (Zymeworks) and Phil Hieter (Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia).

Consider asking questions about the technology that is used, what education is required for the field, what programming languages are most frequently used, and where the field is headed 5, 10, or 15 years from now. Or ask what their favourite flavour of ice cream is, I don’t care. 🙂

If you’re shy, you can submit questions prior to the event by emailing: dev@vanbug.org

I’ve been bad this year and only made it to a few VanBUG sessions, but I’m definitely going to be at this one!

Directions and original poster can be found on the VanBUG website.

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The next VanBUG seminar is being held this Wednesday, November 10th at the BC Cancer Research Centre.  For the event poster and details, please visit their website: http://vanbug.org

This month’s seminar features Ryan Morin from Dr. Marco Marra’s lab as the intro speaker.  He will be discussing data mining for “novel cancer driver mutations”.

The featured speaker is Dr. Quaid Morris, from the University of Toronto.  He will be discussing strategies for predicting the targets of mRNA-binding proteins, focusing in particular on RNAcompete, a type of microarray assay, and the geneMANIA project, a tool for predicting the relationship between genes.

Unfortunately I will not be able to make it to this seminar, but I would highly recommend interested bioinformaticians to go and enjoy the talk and free pizza.  The last seminar, featuring Dr. Steve Hallam, was excellent!

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