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2011 career-fair

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Slides from a junior high career fair where I spoke in 2011

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2011 career-fair

  1. 1. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. 2011 Career Day Chris Dwan cdwan@bioteam.net Bioteam (http://bioteam.net)
  2. 2. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. What do I do? •  Computer Programming •  Bioinformatics –  Biology –  Genetics –  Genomics •  Consulting –  Work by the hour
  3. 3. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. Bioteam Inc. Independent Consulting Shop –  Started in 2002 –  Mostly in Boston –  Independent Staffed by: –  Scientists who can program –  Variety of backgrounds –  Many years experience Our specialty: –  Bridge the gap between science & IT
  4. 4. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. About Me University of Michigan, Ann Arbor –  1996 BS, Computer Science –  2000 MS, Computer Science / Artificial Intelligence 1996 – 2000: ERIM International / Veridian / General Dynamics –  Teaching missiles to attack tanks, rather than trucks. –  Locating landmines. 2000 – 2004: University of Minnesota –  Writing computer programs for biologists –  Free tuition = graduate coursework in Biology. 2004 - present: Bioteam –  First employee. Company is now nine people. –  Director of consulting and professional services
  5. 5. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. What’s Interesting About That? •  Wrote software re-sold by Apple, used worldwide •  Speak as an equal with professors, doctors, scientists, and other people way more “important” than me. •  Every now and then, I feel that my job matters.
  6. 6. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. Computer Programming / Software Engineer Undergraduate degree in computer science or software engineering. Learn at least two programming languages. I use C and PERL. You should probably learn Java and Python Don’t get too attached to specific technology Get some real world experience Build stuff!
  7. 7. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. Customers / Partners •  Navy Medical Research Centers •  NASA Science Directorate •  Center For Disease Control and Prevention •  Environmental Protection Agency •  Pharmaceuticals: Novartis, Pfizer, Bristol Meyers Squibb… •  Universities: MIT, Bowie State, U. Maryland, Emory, Penn State, …
  8. 8. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. How Can I Help?
  9. 9. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. How Can I Help?
  10. 10. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. How can I …
  11. 11. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. Evolutionary Biology
  12. 12. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. Human Genome Project •  1990: Human Genome Project kickoff –  ~3,000,000,000 “letters” in our DNA –  20,000 “chunks” distributed worldwide –  About $1 per letter. ($3 billion) •  1998: Private effort kickoff (Celera Genomics): –  Shotgun Sequencing: 6,000,000 chunks –  About $0.1 per letter. ($300 million) •  2000: “rough draft” completed •  2003: “complete sequence” published •  2010: Clinical sequencing at $10k - $40k per individual. •  2011: “A whole human genome in 3 hours”
  13. 13. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. Human Genome, printed out as books
  14. 14. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. DNA Sequencers
  15. 15. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. DNA Sequencer
  16. 16. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. DNA Sequencers
  17. 17. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. Servers and Disks
  18. 18. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. Working From Home
  19. 19. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. Career Advice Don’t worry too much about money. Be a “lifestyle entrepreneur” –  If money caused happiness, rich people would always be happy –  If money was required for happiness, poor people would never be happy –  Make enough money to feel secure, and then work on being happy Know who you work for: –  Figure out who pays the bills, and what they are buying –  Be able to explain the high level goals of your work. –  In business, cash is king. –  In academia, publications are king and PhDs rule. Do not work on dishonorable projects Never burn any bridges (reputation is everything)
  20. 20. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. The opposite of play is not work. The opposite of play is depression
  21. 21. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. Questions?
  22. 22. !"#$%&'()*+$,-%+*. 23andme.com data demo

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