Janet Stacey is a graduate of the Master of Science in Bioinformatics. She currently works at Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR).

“Working in the field of forensic genomics, I began to understand that with advancements in the field, the reliance on data science and statistics has become really important. My laboratory experience and previous biology degrees did not contain enough of this type of knowledge.

“Career advancement in science can also be difficult and with my interest in computing, I felt that extending my knowledge in these areas would widen my job opportunities outside of the lab.

“The bioinformatics programme covers a wide range of applications from the analysis of sequencing data and databases to investigation of systems biology and phylogenetics.

“This programme opened my eyes to what I didn’t know about the mechanisms of biological systems while teaching me analysis methods using R and Python.

I feel a lot more confident with statistics and coding now and can definitely see applications of what I have learnt in the forensic biology field.

“The lecturers in the programme are world‑leaders in the area and this made me feel comfortable that I’m learning the correct methods from people who actually understand them.

“I thought returning to university after so long in the workforce would be hard, but the amount of new knowledge I have been exposed to just made it exciting.”

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