Forum:Bioinformatics & Virology or Immunology.
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jmt89.lp • 0

Hey. I've chosen Bioinformatics for a degree. I'm here to ask a question describing which specialization compliments Bioinformatics more: Virology or Immunology? This is a broad question, but my main points that I would like answered are that:

  • Which impacts the world more in global research with that in mind what are the pay ranges and is Doctor's Without Borders a part of one of these selections in computational biology?
  • What are Research Firms looking for in these specializations?
  • Finally, what is technically required for entry-level jobs in any of these specializations?

Thank you.

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Why did you chose Bioinformatics? What excites you about it? What do you hope to discover/achieve? What intrests you in biology?

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Mostly understanding systems biology, and trying to make a difference in the world. I like Bioinformatics because its a computational biology. I know I could be a bio-medical student, but I'm not so sure I can compete with the Harvard or Yale graduates.

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Computational biology can be close to bioinformatics, but is very much a distinct topic.

From what I know, MSF is really about the medicine, not so much a research organization. They have some interest in medical informatics, but that's a different subject. What is your interest here?

Each mentioned subject has the potential to have global impact, pretty much any area of science can. What are you asking here?

Both immunology and virology are important areas for drug development. Vaccines being the most obvious intersect between the two.

A bachelors degree would be the minimum.

Out of curiosity, where are you at in your career?

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vassialk ▴ 200

There are many computational problems both in virology and Immunology. Immunology is more wide-spread in laboratories. I was fortunate to be educated in clinical medicine and software engineering and I can say that immunology employers ask for microarray analysis and sequence data processing. Virology laboratories investigate protein-protein interactions and epidemiology of HIV and tropical viruses.

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I'd say there's much more to virology than PPI and epidemiology. There are also more viruses than HIV and tropical viruses.

In general, virology tends to focus more on the virus, immunology (in an infectious disease context) tends to focus on the host. However, a virus is inert without a host, so plenty of labs play both sides of the fence.

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Like my lab, and we have nothing to do with HIV. We are actually working on oncoviruses, so we do play both sides of the fence. More and more I see RNA-seq and nanostring in immunology. I personally care more for pathogens, but immunology is super important as well.

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Never heard of nanostring, got any relevant pubs?

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