Position (at time of training): Technologist (Immunology and Molecular Biology)
My EANBiT Resdiential Training Experience : Through this training I have been exposed to all aspects of Bioinformatics and its possible application in answering questions in my current area of interest (Host genetics and immunology). I have also got foundational practical knowledge on analysis of data especially gene expression and genetics data which I can now expand on comfortably. With this knowledge, I will be able to edit my concept into a feasible and fundable proposal. I plan to enroll for the masters in Bioinformatics, I think it will be easier to understand the concepts after getting this exposure.
Emily J. Chemoiwa (PhD)
Position (at time of training):Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Eldoret – Kenya
My EANBiT Resdiential Training Experience :The five weeks of rigorous EANBiT training has opened a window of global experience to me and expanded my knowledge and skills in bioinformatics tools and resources. I learnt different programming languages and learnt good data visualization techniques mainly in GWAS, phylogenetic and population genetics.
As a scientist, the training has reinforced my passion to progress my research. I am now empowered to mentor students and teach them skills in bioinformatics. Interactions with the facilitators/trainers and other trainees has further expanded my research collaboration with renowned bioinformaticians.
Position (at time of training):MSc. in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics fellow at ICIPE.
My EANBiT Resdiential Training Experience :The training has expanded my knowledge in the use of R, Bash, Awk and Python as scripting languages in Bioinformatics. I will be able to choose from this languages the suitable options for particular tasks or scripts and greatly improve on the efficiency and performance of my pipelines.
I have also learnt a lot about best approaches and techniques useful in training or teaching of students from the highly experienced trainers. I will use some of the techniques I have learned in teaching my students during my tutorials.
Edwin Pancras Oyieng
Position (at time of training):Research Assistant – Animal Breeding and Genetics, at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
My EANBiT Resdiential Training Experience :I learnt that Bioinformatics is not just about data analysis. A bioinformatician needs to be involved during the design and implementation stages of the project. This will inform the pipeline he/she will use for data analysis. Also, methods for analyzing -omics data keep changing and a good bioinformatician needs to keep him/herself updated.
I will actively use the skills gained during the training to build on the knowledge that I had and collaborate with other bioinformaticians to share, improve and explore new ways of analyzing -omics data.
Elisa Daniel Mwega
Position (at time of training): Lecturer (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology), Sokoine University of Agriculture Tanzania
My EANBiT Resdiential Training Experience : The training was fruitful and academically very profitable. I learned a lot and the knowledge gained and skills acquired strengthened my understanding of Bioinformatics. Generally, the whole training was interesting, stimulating and worthwhile. Sincere thanks to training organizers, Lecturers/Teachers and most of all to the wonderful students for making the training a great success.
Jesse Cheruiyot Rop
Position (at time of training): Research Officer at KEMRI Wellcome Trust.
My EANBiT Resdiential Training Experience : I am working to elucidate the genetic structure of 3 blood group systems and whether variants in these affect susceptibility to diarrhea and malaria in children under the age of five. The most important lesson I have learnt from EANBiT is that once one clearly defines and understands their problem, there are a myriad of bioinformatics tools and strategies to solve this. I have also been able to appreciate the power of open science to the advancement of knowledge. I believe I am better capacitated to carry out my work which mainly entails sequence analysis and genetic epidemiology. I will be glad to transfer some of the skills I have learnt to fellow colleagues and students in my research institution.
Position (at time of training): PhD student and Assistant Lecturer at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
My EANBiT Resdiential Training Experience : From this training, I have learnt skills that I will employ for my PhD in Metagenomics. I have gotten a starting point for self-learning to be able to teach Bioinformatics hereafter. I believe I will be better at grant writing too. I also appreciate the idea of open science.
My mind has been widened to the various opportunities that Bioinformatics can offer to my students and myself.
Leonard Kiti Alii
Position (at time of training): Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Pwani University
My EANBiT Resdiential Training Experience :The Course was delivered in a very simple and Practical way, in a manner that could easily be comprehended. The Lecturers were very Knowledgeable.
The skills acquired will enhance my mode of delivery when interacting with my students especially with the enhanced skills in Computing.
Fulgence N. Mpenda
Position (at time of training): Ph.D. student, The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST)
My EANBiT Resdiential Training Experience : The EANBiT training exposed me to the multidisciplinary nature of bioinformatics and tools used in bioinformatics to make inference on a wide range of biological research questions. The training will help me to accomplish my Ph.D. research on the molecular mechanism of chickens’ variation in susceptibility to the Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV) infection, and more importantly, the training will foster my career development in genomics and bioinformatics.
Inusa Jacob Ajene
Position (at time of training): Lecturer/Doctoral research fellow
My EANBiT Resdiential Training Experience : The training provided an insight into the range of applications of bioinformatics and the use of bioinformatics tools for better understanding of biological systems. The training also gave me a better appreciation of the need for interdisciplinary collaboration in scientific research.
My skills in analysis, interpretation and dissemination of data generated from molecular biology experiments have significantly been enhanced thereby improving the quality of my research output and delivery.
Position (at time of training): MSc student
My EANBiT Resdiential Training Experience : During the training, I learnt Data analysis using R, NGS, Whole genome assembly and annotation, Metagenomics, Phylogenetic analysis, Python and Linux.
Due to this knowledge, I have adopted the command line platforms and software learnt in the analysis and manipulation of my data instead of using manual software. Knowing NGS was an interesting part and I hope to adopt this in my future research work.
Scientific writing, project management and open science lessons have improved my way of writing, sharing and publishing my research findings.
Hassan Wasswa Kayondo
Position (at time of training): Assistant Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, Makerere University.PhD student (Mathematics (Statistics option)) at Pan African University, hosted by JKUAT, Nairobi, Kenya.
My EANBiT Resdiential Training Experience :Through this training, concepts such as cell DNA structure, proteins, whole genome assembly, genome annotation and many others were well explored and are now well known to me than before.
My programming skills have been greatly improved especially in R, Python and the use of UNIX command line which will go a long way in improving my analytical skills as well as making it easier and faster for me than before. I now understand better the underlying biological questions being answered in bio-informatics having understood concepts like cell, DNA, genome assembly and many others.
The training has opened for me possible networks and collaborations in my career.
Samuel Mwangangi Muturi
Position (at time of training): Lecturer, University of Eldoret
My EANBiT Resdiential Training Experience : My research promotes the best use of locally available wastes to produce bio-energy and other useful products. I credit the EANBiT training for being my springboard to advance “OMIC” based data management skills and assisting me to bridge the gap between the wet lab and Bioinformatics.
The experience and mentorship given broadened my thinking and ability to create network opportunities that may result in the establishment of a dynamic system biology research team which, I believe, will make a significant contribution to improved green economy and better livelihood by reorienting Energy resources and developing products from wastes.