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Mohammed Khalfan

Bioinformatics Programmer

I received an Honors Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto in 2008 where I specialized in integrative biology. I've always had a love for science (biology in particular) which is the primary reason I undertook this program during my undergraduate career. Another one of my passions has always been computers, which I really got into in 1996 when I began creating websites in HTML and in Flash a short while later. Although my interest in computers and web design faded as I entered high school, my passion was rekindled in university when I took an introduction to computer science module. This got me back into the web design game which was significantly different then when I had left it a few years ago. At that time, I was still figuring out what it was exactly that I wanted to do, and although I thoroughly enjoyed the theory behind the science, I wasn't really too fond of wet lab/bench work. The introduction to computer science course opened my eyes up to the world of bioinformatics, and my dilemma became easy as I had found an area of study where I could combine my interests in computers and biology.

Upon completing my undergraduate degree, I went on to pursue a Master's Degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England where I graduated with distinction in 2009. For my thesis, I developed a computational tool to perform automated analyses of chromosomal rearrangements in the 'superbug' S. aureus, with potential applications in other bacteria as well. After completing school and travelling the world for a few months, I joined a molecular genetics lab at the University of Toronto where I developed novel computational approaches for in silico discovery of bacterial prophages. I'm now at the Dolan DNALC in New York where I'm working as a bioinformatics programmer, developing cyberinfrastructure for use in genomics research.

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