I am a senior Bioinformatician with more than 15 years of experience in positions that range from software development to academic research and business analysis. My strong domain expertise focuses on Bioinformatics and Data Integration, in particular on bringing together, integrating, and making sense of 'big data' from disparate sources in order to facilitate scientific analyses.
After a BSc in Biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, followed by several years as a developer in a software company for application lifecycle products (today Hewlett Packard Software), I completed an MSc and a PhD in Bioinformatics at Birkbeck College, University of London, focussing on Text Mining of biomedical literature. I went on to do post-doctoral work as a Bioinformatics Research Fellow at the Surrey Sleep Research Centre, where I worked on a large scale systems biology project related to sleep, with responsibility for management and analysis of genomic data. In 2011 I joined IDBS, a software data management company in London, as a Business Analyst in the Healthcare unit. For three years I was driving all types of pre-sales activities in the field of Translational Research, my specialty being solutions for data management and analysis of genomic (such as Next Generation Sequencing) and clinical data. I was also an invited guest lecturer at the Msc Bioinformatics course at Birkbeck, University of London, delivering lectures on NGS sequencing and Personalised Medicine.
I now live in Cluj Napoca, Romania, where I volunteer to teach Bioinformatics at the Center for Functional Genomics. I teach Python and am also an invited guest lecturer in the field of Systems Biology. While living in Cluj, I hold a remote post of a Visiting Research Fellow in Bioinformatics at King's College London, where I continue to pursue the subject from my Post-Doc: sleep.
For more detailed information please see my CV.
I have worked for 3 years at IDBS in London, as a senior pre-sales consultant for software for Personalised Medicine.
Personalised Medicine is all about bringing the right medication to the right patient at the right time.
The software tools I worked on enable researchers to make better use of their data, for example to link genomic information (from sequencing people's DNA) with clinical observations in order to improve patients' outcomes.
Sleep: I did my PostDoc at the Surrey Sleep Research Centre, where we looked at what happened with gene expression (which genes are turned on or off) when you are sleep deprived or you sleep during wrong times. Here are a couple of news articles from BBC reporting on our papers: on lack of sleep and on mistimed sleep. I am currently a Visiting Researcher at King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, where I continue to study sleep, in particular genetic risk factors for various sleep disorders.
Text Mining: My PhD Thesis is on Text Mining of Medical Literature: teaching computers to read scientific literature instead of us and help us speed scientific discoveries. Check out my publication in BMC Bioinformatics.
As a volunteer at the Research Center of Functional Genomics, Biomedicine and Translational Medicine at University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj, I created and delivered a full Biocomputing Course - programming in Python with emphasis on processing bioinformatics data.