Using Big Data to inform healthcare
Welcome to Bioinformatics at NUH
Clinical Bioinformaticians work alongside other healthcare scientists, using computer science skills to acquire, store, organise and analyse biological data to support the delivery of patient care. This role is new in the NHS, and is helping patients to benefit from the latest research and developments. The most exciting of these at the moment is the growth in genomic medicine, using the latest technology in DNA sequencing to examine the genome of a patient, allowing us to support the diagnosis of inherited disorders and identify patients at risk of diseases such as cancer.
There are bioinformatics roles in several areas at NUH including:
- Medical Physics
- Pathology (including cancer genomics, haematology and microbiology)
What we can offer you.
Clinical Bioinformatics staff have the opportunity to apply knowledge of computer science and biology to have a direct impact on patients. The main training route is the NHS Scientist Training Program (STP) run by the National School of Healthcare Science, but once working in the profession there are a huge range of areas to specialise in.
Dr Rebecca Haines
Clinical Scientist (Bioinformatics: Genomics)
I completed the Scientist Training Program in Clinical Bioinformatics (Genomics) and now work full time as a Clinical Scientist in Bioinformatics in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at NUH. Prior to this training I worked in academic research and had a special interest in genetic disorders, but I was attracted to the clinical bioinformatics role because I could use my scientific knowledge to directly impact patient care.
There is no typical day in the life of a Bioinformatician. Some days may be taken up with writing software to analyse some new data sets in the department, or testing programs from another laboratory. Other days can be spent discussing the results with doctors and genetic counsellors as part of multi-disciplinary team meetings, where we discuss patients with unusual or complicated results in order to inform their diagnosis and treatment.