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Amy Swearingen

The Tearaway

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An Interview with Clinical Partnerships Leader, David Kavanagh, by Eimear Doyle.

Having it every-which-way: Part-time farmer/ Full- time scientist, David talks with me about start-ups, air-miles, science, transience, and goats, of course!

David, what made you want to work in science?

My parents would say I was always asking questions…Why? Why? Why? I was a “tearaway” in school…really! But I was always good at biology, had a great teacher, so I gravitated towards it.

First year General Science was tough though as I hadn’t had the opportunity to study physics and chemistry for the Leaving Cert–I did a Biochemistry undergrad in UCC, then a PhD in biochemistry -cardiovascular research. It was cell level work, lab work in UCD, so I moved up to the big smoke. Read More

The YouTube Hunter Gatherer

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david-cotter-for-profileAn Interview with Senior Software Developer, David Cotter, by Eimear Doyle.

As usual, I am out of my comfort zone. Software Development is the unenviable terrain I am about to traverse this time. Think patterns? Think Big Data? Apparently not!

According to our Head of Software Development, David Cotter, it’s think deep…think magic!!

Tell me about your background before GMI?

I’ve worked in three main areas of software development. My first job was in email servers, and then telecoms, then payment card security. So life sciences was a very big change! Read More

Firefighting

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raonyAn interview with Senior Bioinformatician, Raony Guimaraes, by Eimear Doyle.

It was not without trepidation that I approached this interview with Raony. A what? A Bioinformatician? Never heard of it! Would I even know what to ask him? Give me accountants, business development geeks, salespeople, financiers any day, and I can talk the talk…

So here goes…an insight into the world of “Science and Genomics”

Raony, tell us what you do on a typical working day?

My typical day usually is a mixture of reading, writing, coding, meetings, replying to e-mails, doing interviews and preparing presentations.

It always starts with coffee, because there is nothing better than coffee to start a good day!

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From the Classroom to the Coal Face

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An Interview with Clinical Partnerships Leader, Jackie Dolan, by Eimear Doyle.

I talked to Jackie Dolan about her transition from research in university to GMI, from working at her own pace on a linear plane to participating in a collaborative project. The challenges. The pitfalls. The rewards.

Jackie, can you tell us about your background in genetics?

I achieved my Ph.D. working on the genetics of neuro-developmental disorders in the Genetics Department in Trinity College Dublin. My beautiful sister has a rare undiagnosed neuro-developmental disorder and has always been my inspiration to work in this area to try and increase our knowledge of what causes of these diseases and how prevent or treat them. During my Ph.D. I was lucky to identify a gene which we got to name ELFN1. Read More

The Beachcomber

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judith-conroy-profileAn Interview with Research Programme Manager, Judith Conroy, by Eimear Doyle.

I talk to Judith Conroy, our resident geneticist, about moving beaches, digging for bodies in the bogs…and death beds…honestly, it’s all in a day’s work!

Tell me about yourself and your background?

I’m a geneticist. I started in the academic world; a degree in Human Genetics in Trinity followed by a Ph.D. in Neuropsychiatric genetics, specialising in Autism. Read More

The Table Turner

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An interview with Eimear Doyle, Recruitment Manager.

The tables were turned a few times by my interviewees. So here are some of the questions interviewees asked me.

Judith Conroy asks: What is your aim for GMI?

Growth in a healthy way. I see my role as getting everyone’s ideas on board about culture and making sure we adapt accordingly. The culture here means people are innovative, challenging, respectful and put their opinions out there. There’s an emphasis on creativity and no right or wrong. GMI is so new and everyone is so excited. Read More

GMI’s Raony Guimaraes Develops Mendelian Disease Diagnosis Tool

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raony-guimaraesGMI Bioinformatician, Raony Guimaraes, was featured on GenomeWeb for his work alongside a team of colleagues from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil who developed an open-source software tool to enable researchers and clinicians to home in on disease-causing variants for Mendelian disorders in genomic data.

Their tool, called MendelMD, analyses and annotates exome or genome data, compares it against a number of databases, and filters it to identify a list of candidate disease-causing mutations.