Dr Suzanne Duce
Part of Women in STEM
Introduce yourself - who are you and what is your job?
My name is Suzanne Duce. I am a research scientist working in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee.
What do you research, why?
My work uses a computer program called Jalview to study the materials inside our cells called DNA, RNA and proteins. This helps us to try and understand more about these molecules.
What is a typical day like?
I use Jalview to look at and study DNA, RNA and proteins, but I also help with teaching others to use Jalview. I manage our YouTube channel with training videos and have made a school workbook with easy exercises to teach high school students. I also make children’s books and comics about science. My favourite is "Kirsty’s Project: Searching for a New Medicine", which is full of fun pictures! You can read it Searching for a New Medicine - Kirsty’s Projec?t.
Tell us about your career journey so far
I studied chemistry at University and then did a PhD. Since then, I have worked in research labs in universities, hospitals and [life science] industry.
What subjects/qualifications are useful in your role?
For my job, I need to know about science, maths and computers.
Definition: Bioinformatics or Computational Biology is the study of large amounts of biological information. Computers are often used to help to analyse the information.
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