Giabaot - Bioinformatics (Level 1) Pathway

Posting all my self-assessments for the Level 2 track on this thread!

Modules 1 & 2

This is a bit late, but the past two weeks have been a bit of a whirl for me. I’ve been working full-time (yay for a job), so that’s been a bit time-consuming. However, I’m actively going to catch up!

Overview of Things Learned


  • R and RStudio (brushed up on some syntax)
  • Reading technical papers. I haven’t read a scientific paper since I was a student last year, so I had to get back into that analytical mindset.


  • R
  • RStudio
  • STEM-Away platform and resources hidden all around

Soft skills

  • Communication with project leads
  • Time management to allocate a window to catching up
  • Researching and literature searches

Three Achievements

  • Reviewed background on bioinformatics and the big idea of differential expression. I last studied these topics last summer when I was a level 1 intern, so revisiting these topics refreshed my understanding.
  • Followed an example to create a quick R Shiny application!
  • Went through a lot of statistics videos. I love learning about statistics, but the intuition side is sometimes a bit lost on me.

Goals for the Upcoming Week

  • Keep on track with the project timeline
  • Communicate with teammates
  • Finish going through the prerequisites L1M2 and L1M3.

Detailed Tasks Statement

  • Walked through and caught up to Module 3. Reviewed most of the links that were attached in the module recaps.
  • Went through meeting recordings on 2x speed.
  • Followed an R Shiny tutorial.