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Job Title: Research Scientist in Bioinformatics, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.
Area of Science: Bioinformatics/Computational Biology.

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.

Dr Suzanne Duce
Dr Suzanne Duce, Research Scientist in Bioinformatics, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.
Searching for a New Medicine - Kirsty’s Projec?t
Searching for a New Medicine - Kirsty’s Project.
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