I am Shaurita Hutchins, a Computational Biologist and Programmer! I currently work as a Researcher II in a lab that focuses on psychiatric and evolutionary genetics. Our lab has recently studied DRD4, OPRM1, and various other GPCRs. Over the past 4 years, I’ve become highly skilled in cell culture techniques such as stable cell line creation from lentiviral vectors, cell-based assays, and nuclei isolation. I have also gained substantial experience in Bioinformatics methods such as sequence analysis and RNASeq analysis while working with Big Data on a Linux cluster.
In my spare time, I manage a basketball forum running Laravel, build websites with Bootstrap4, Jekyll, or from scratch, build meaningless Shiny web apps, and analyze NBA data with Python. I’m currently learning React, Dart, and Scala.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been passionate about health care, and that passion has grown into a desire to bridge technology and health outcomes. Bioinformatics can bridge the gap between our knowledge at the genomic level of diseases to our knowledge of the clinical aspect of diseases which ultimately would lead to an improvement in personalized medicine.
Additionally, it’s imperative that we create better tools for scientists and consumers to analyze health-related data, and it’s possible by utilizing popular web and desktop frameworks like Flask and Django and libraries like React and D3.js.