Can you explain to us what led you to specialize in bioinformatics and the interest for you in combining this discipline with research?
Following a 1st year of medicine, I directly integrated a License 2 in biochemistry, a discipline that I had greatly appreciated during this year of medicine for the scientific reflection aspect and its fundamental science side. I then continued with a master’s degree oriented towards research in biology – health.
There I discovered the field of genetics, and in particular high-throughput sequencing techniques. They promised major advances in the understanding of biology at its most fundamental level, using a high level of technology. For me, it was the future, a huge intellectual challenge, and the opportunity to be part of an announced revolution. I continued in this field during my end-of-master internship, which led me to join the laboratory of Professor Philippe Froguel, already very recognized at the time. I continued my master’s degree with a thesis, during which I naturally turned to computer science and data analysis, a subject with which I had affinities.
At the end of my thesis, a place became available in the bioinformatics team of the laboratory and I seized this opportunity. After 3 years, I am now responsible for the laboratory’s bioinformatics team, which allows me to be involved in the majority of the laboratory’s work, which involves computer analysis of genetic data, a field in full development and has become essential for research projects.