"Bioinformatics in Jena and without speaking German… What was I thinking about?"

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26/10/2018

"Bioinformatics in Jena and without speaking German… What was I thinking about?"

Pre-doctoral researcher Ana Jordán talks about her short-term fellowship in Germany, where she is learning Bioinformatics

One year ago I had the chance to apply for a short-term fellowship abroad and I decided to do it. I was given the grant and I have been in Jena (Germany) for a month now. Not only I came to a city which is located at, at least, 3 hours from any known German city (Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich…), but also I came to learn bioinformatics. Bioinformatics in Jena and without speaking German… What was I thinking about?

The truth is that I am very lucky of being part here of a very dynamic group that do activities out of the office very frequently. They are helping me in everything they can to make better my stay here, and they also are very good at their job, so I can say that I am learning from the best.

I am being taught how to obtain the secondary structures of the RNA and how to interpret them, with the objective of knowing if we are altering important regions when we introduce mutations in HIV-1. Everything I am learning is very interesting and I believe it is going to open me doors after my PhD.

Jena is a cozy and vibrant. It is a university city, so there is always something to do. And it is also surrounded by mountains, so nature and outdoors activities are a plus.

When it comes to German...well, that will be dealt in a longer stay.

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