Hey all, I'm a senior in college, majoring in cell biology. I got into research rather late (started summer just before my senior year), working in a wet lab under a post-doc who was studying biomarkers for metastasis in triple-negative breast cancer. I found that I really enjoyed the research process, and I'd like to get into research myself, but after my experience in the lab, plus the lab class I'm taking now, I realize I'm probably not going to enjoy a wet-lab career too much. In retrospect, I should have realized that when I took my required upper-div stats for biosci course back in '13 and found that our final project was way more enjoyable than any bio lab I had ever done lol.
I've only taken one stats course (the one mentioned above) and one programming course ("Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving", intro course for compsci majors, we used C), so I definitely don't have enough research experience or programming knowledge to be a competitive applicant for a good PhD program. I only have one quarter left before I graduate, and I won't be able to take any stats/math/programming courses then, so I'm going to have to make up those deficiencies post-bac.
Does anyone have any advice on what actions I should take to become a competitive applicant for a bioinformatics PhD program? (Where) should I take extra classes, is it okay to get research experience in a wet lab, what other kinds of experience would be beneficial, etc.
Thanks in advance for your replies.