Bioinformatics - Level 1 Module 1 - Sneha Sharma


Technical Area:

  • Installing RStudio, along with packages in R
  • Familiarizing myself with basic R fundamentals, such as: coding, debugging, and syntax
  • Understanding how to read scientific papers


  • STEM-Away
  • RStudio
  • R

Soft Skills:

  • Time Management - learning how to efficiently progress through the module, while still being able to get a good grasp of the material.
  • Perseverance - Since I had no prior knowledge using RStudio or coding in R, I had to learn to persist in completing the module with the help of STEM-away and my basic coding knowledge.

Achievement Highlights:

  • Successfully downloaded R v4.0.0, RStudio, and the two packages needed
  • I was able to learn and practice navigating R.
  • Able to get a basic understanding of bioinformatics and reading scientific papers.

Difficulties Completing Tasks:

  • I had a little bit of trouble using the STEM-away website and locating different pathway hubs, but I eventually was able to get the hang of using this site.
  • While trying to download R, I was initially downloading R v4.1.0, as it is the latest version. Eventually, I was able to figure out the issue and download the correct version, R v4.0.0.