Osalemine Sitsiilias toimuvas suvekoolis First International Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School (SSBSS 2014)
I am a first year doctoral student, who starts his research in the field of Bioinformatics under the supervision of Prof. Jaak Vilo. My answer to the question “why this visit is so important to me” largely overlaps with the answer to the question “what do I expect from this event in terms of both academic and international exposure”, thus I will try to answer both of these questions in a single shot. Regarding educational program of this Summer School I can claim that it is extremely useful for me as it provides many biological insights, in fact topic of this school is Synthesis and Systems Biology, to doctoral students like me who came to study Bioinformatics or Biostatistics with IT background. They start with basics i.e. lecture “Elementary Circuits in Biology” or Workshop on "Biosensors and Synthetic Circuits in Mammalian Cells" and continue with more advanced topics that will provide participants with state of the art research: lecture on “Reprogramming the Genetic Code” or “Analog versus Digital Computation in Biology”. All the offered courses very well align with my PhD work, which focuses on integrating computational methods of machine learning and data mining to uncover and reveal biological functions of genes and proteins and thus, will contribute to the quality of my future research in the area. From point of view international experience this school is also crucial since all the courses of the school will be taught by well-known scientists from top ranked universities (John Hopkins University, Cambridge, MIT, etc.) from all over the world, which could serve as a guarantee of the highest quality of teaching that participants can expect during this school. It is also a great chance to initiate new educational and research collaborations that could potentially be useful for obtaining and carrying out joint research activities, setting up exchange programs etc. There is no much interrelation with IT, besides that knowledge that I will gain during this Summer School will be later implemented and adapted using IT tools to serve local research needs. I also plan to take Bioinformatics course next semester and if possible improve it using gained experience from this school.