What is a Bioinformatics engineer good for in the 21st Century?
What is a Bioinformatics good for in the 21st Century? That was the question posed by the lecturer this September 5 to the Bioinformatics Engineering students at the University of Informatics Sciences (UCI).
Dr. Luis Alberto Montero Cabrera, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the University of Havana focused his talk on the use of information technology in life sciences.
With the enthusiasm and the peculiar synthesis of scientists, Montero Cabrera made a preamble of the origins of biology in the world. He recalled the importance of the three revolutions occurring in this science until the beginning of the Twenty-First Century.
According to the aforementioned references, the member of the Cuban Society of Physics stated that bioinformatics are the scientists who can analyze a great amount of information and present it in a clear way to the decision makers, they are the ones who manage to reach the maximum positions in terms of their jobs and career paths, especially in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields.
Bioinformatics engineers can be employed in hospitals, research centers, and also in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
They can provide their expertise in information technology as well as research and development departments; in therapeutic areas (epidemiology, clinical and chemical analysis), and in mixed areas where services and research activities are developed.
Montero said that for many employers, the decisive element of a wanted bioinformatics engineer in a workplace would be his ability to communicate with other scientists and the fact that his mind is always prepared to continually use new tools, as his dynamics is very high.
The lecturer pointed out that from bioinformatics, computational models can be made, a necessary data management offered by computer systems. He added that clinical data as well as biological and health data of the population can also be managed.
Furthermore, with this data, as emphasized by the head of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba, a person’s life could be saved, as they are useful for treatment and healing. “You might become the Da Vinci of the future," he said.
The lecture helped to familiarize the students with the bioinformatics field, as it aspired to broaden their motivation for this social nature career; it also contributed to the teachers development.
Bioinformatics Engineering students listening to the full member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, Dr. Luis Alberto Montero Cabrera.