Savandara BesseVisiting Master's Student
As a computer scientist, my aim is to assist biologists and advance scientific research by interpreting my colleagues’ goals. Ultimately, I aim to provide them with the bioinformatics resources that will successfully lead to the answer of some biological inquiries. I had always wanted to be a computer scientist since the beginning of my academic trajectory. First, I completed a Bachelor’s degree of Science focused on Molecular and Cellular Biology and Physiology of Plants and Animals at the University of Bordeaux (France). Subsequently, I began a Master’s in Bioinformatics focused on Computational Biology at the same university.
I joined the Extavour Lab as a bioinformatics intern during my Master’s degree. I worked with Leo Blondel on sequence analysis of the oskar gene, and also on Parhyale hawaiensis development.
Alongside my academic pursuits, I was also involved with many student associations. I participated twice in the iGEM international contest on synthetic biology with my team iGEM Bordeaux, where we won a gold medal in 2015 and a bronze medal in 2016.
I am also the former president of the Association for Bordeaux Bioinformatics’ Master (ABBM) which was created in 2016. The goal in ABBM is to promote our Master’s degree and to build a strong working network for our students and alumni.
After my internship in the Extavour lab and completion of my Master’s, I went on to do my PhD at the University of Montreal, applying bioinformatics approaches to the study of the animal proteome. I am currently a postdoc in the group of Michael Rera, using network-based and statistical genetics strategies to understand aging.