Question: Career in Bioinformatics
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8 months ago by
India/Delhi
bloodnaousky0 wrote:

I'm a student about to graduate (bachelors) in Botany in next 2 months and was an average student in this field but pretty good at coding. I don't really want to carry on in any botany related fields, but sure want to study Bioinformatics as I found a really good match of biology and coding there (I can see a great use of my skills there). Since INDIA has almost nothing to serve in the field of bioinformatics, will it be good enough if I seek education in other countries in this field? Or is it going to be wasteful if I studied there and could not make up for a fair living? I really want to make my career in Bioinformatics

Should I go out their and search for a career? Is it the right time? Are industries really giving out good jobs in this area? Or should I change my stream of study entirely? Are there even jobs in this area, since going out of INDIA and studying is really a big deal of money!

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 8 months ago • written 8 months ago by bloodnaousky0
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Since INDIA has almost nothing to serve in this field (bioinformatics)

What does that mean?

If you start on formal bioinformatics training (a degree program abroad) now you are not going to be ready for a job for a minimum of 2-3 years. Much can change in that time so don't plan your career around finding a job in future. Pursue a field that you like and you should find success in it, if you are good at what you do.

ADD REPLYlink modified 8 months ago • written 8 months ago by genomax37k

Actually before coming into my finals year i realized this, that bioinformatics might be the right field. 😅

ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by bloodnaousky0
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AFAIK, India doesn't do 4 year degrees in pure sciences. If you're getting a BSc in Botany, I'd recommend completing your MSc before looking for a degree abroad. At least in the US, you will need a 4 year college degree to qualify for most Masters programs, and BSc+MSc is considered equivalent to say, a BE/B.Tech

Also, please note:

their - possessive pronoun, meaning "belonging to them"

there - adverb, meaning "in, at, or to that place or position."

I've edited your post, but please proofread your future posts more carefully :)

ADD REPLYlink modified 8 months ago • written 8 months ago by Ram12k
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I don't want to stop you from studying abroad. But are you sure India has nothing to offer? I could not believe it so I just googled "India bioinformatics" and got 757,000 results!

ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by LLTommy1.1k

Quality education and my quality performance thats what should matter, and was looking abroad for the same. A huge lack of industry feels here, same goes with the career. Their is huge lack of guidance too.

ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by bloodnaousky0
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Well, like I said, I don't know India that well. It is hard to imaging that there is no good spot for bioinformatics in whole of india. However, you might know better and it sounds like you made up your mind already - namely that you don't want to do bioinformatics in India. Of course there are jobs in that area - however, you might want to think about further education (a bachelor in botany doesn't make you a bioinformatician) .... and maybe, in your situation, it would also be good to look for some kind of internship or so to get to know the field a bit, see if you like it and get some references.

ADD REPLYlink modified 8 months ago • written 8 months ago by LLTommy1.1k

Back in 2009-2010 when I was in the bioinformatics field in India, a lot of effort was focused on structural bioinformatics. Even now, I hear from folks who do protein modeling, molecular dynamics, etc. I wouldn't say India doesn't do bioinformatics - they do, but India does not, in my opinion, offer as much choice as the US.

ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by Ram12k

I did 2 internships last year though, and my class fellas were bored actually and they left early😅, but I continued.

ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by bloodnaousky0

pretty good ofcourse doesnt refers to perfect but sure refers to fine enough to develop something useful on my own. :/ And as my field (botany) suggest was actually never my thing. I actually worked in 2 IT companies as an intern but both were in alpha stages (startups) unfortunately, so i had to quit soon enough just to save myself from getting ruined.

This is the answer i've been waiting for actually !!! Thank you so much..

One more thing which one of these will be more feasible ??? 1. Masters in Biomedical Sciences 2. Masters in Bioinformatics

though both have different values but still.....

ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by bloodnaousky0
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Considering the fact that you have good background in biology, I'd go for Masters in Bioinformatics as it will help you a great deal to get started in the field of Bioinformatics.

ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by Sej Modha2.2k
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I second "Masters in bioinformatics" suggestion considering your expertise in programming.

ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by sutturka100

.................................................okie dokie

ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by bloodnaousky0

Does Computational Biology and Bioinformatics have any differences or are just the same ?

ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by bloodnaousky0
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That should be your first task to figure out, as you start working on this :)

ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by genomax37k

You guys have million of users here at Biostar why not make an Android/iOS app for better communication. One has to logon to the system everytime to ask/answer a question here.

ADD REPLYlink modified 8 months ago • written 8 months ago by bloodnaousky0
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And how would an app help there? You can stay logged in on your phone's browser if that is all you use to connect to the net.

ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by genomax37k

In devices with RAM lower than 1GB it takes a lifetime to load-up a page in the browser. An XDA like platform would be better. I said so as people are really fast in answering here and i like that and is truly helpful.

ADD REPLYlink modified 8 months ago • written 8 months ago by bloodnaousky0

Please stop adding answers. What you're adding is a comment, or a reply to a comment. Unless you're answering your own question, do not add answers.

To address your suggestion, an app that reflects a website is not an app that does anything significant. Biostars is a responsive (mobile-friendly) website, and no website works well when you have just < 3G connectivity.

ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by Ram12k
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8 months ago by
sutturka100
USA
sutturka100 wrote:

+1 for first completing your four years degree before seeking programs abroad.

I agree that there are limited bioinformatics opportunities in India, especially related to research. But if you have good coding skills, then you can think about joining an IT company (several of them work on biological software and need domain experts with a background in biology). Of course, you will need some degree in bioinformatics/IT (not necessarily Masters) before joining IT company.

If you sure want to pursue the career abroad, then prepare for your GRE simultaneously. You can also look for Ph.D. fellowships in interdisciplinary sciences, where you can use your knowledge in Botany with the major focus on bioinformatics related projects. If you are driven by money (which is perfectly fine), then go for the professional degrees like MBA/data science, and I know several people who have flourishing MBA career after a degree in life science.

I am not sure how you evaluated your 'pretty good' programming skills. But, if you are really good at it then you should have something to showcase your skills (since you do not have formal training in computer science). You can think about developing a small application (could be as simple as a calculator, or some kind of data visualization), or R-shiny application, and also host your codes on the GitHub account which can be easily reviewed by the employer.

Final suggestion - for a career in bioinformatics, proficiency in Linux, working knowledge of R, and good aptitude for scripting and statistics is necessary. Prepare yourself accordingly.

ADD COMMENTlink modified 8 months ago • written 8 months ago by sutturka100
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