I am Shaurita Denae 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. I’m highly skilled in various cell culture techniques such as transient transfections, stable cell line creation from lentiviral vectors, cell-based (ligand biased) assays, PCR, nuclei isolation, and ELISA. In the past 3 years, I have also gained substantial experience in Bioinformatics methods such as sequence analysis with PAML and RNASeq analysis with DESeq2 and HTSeq as well as worked with “Big Data” (over 1TB on our RNASeq project).
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been passionate about health care. That passion has grown into a desire to bridge technology and health outcomes. I envision Bioinformatics (including or extending to Data Science, Clinical Informatics) as a field that can help bridge the gap between our knowledge at the genomic level of diseases to our knowledge of the clinical aspect of diseases. Bioinformatics can lead the way in improving personalized medicine in many ways such as by helping clinicians better understand how genetics contributes to patient’s illnesses or by determining better drug targets.