I have been admitted to my Ph.D program CSRU-CS with a TA position. Hopefully I will be working on the areas that really matters to me really soon (strongly seems Computational Biology as intended ). On my preparations I should add getting the paper work done was a huge part of it not the whole packing and hiring an apartment stuff. Anyways I am grateful for what I have and will be leaving soon for fun. I wonder reading books like PhD grind will ever help me.
I have been developing a new software for 1 month now that can effectively parse a “.vcf” file and access a database, do some calculations there and soon there will be a release about it.
In 28 February Ewan Birney visited Bilkent University. He gave us a great talk and I am happy that I could be one of the participants. In his talk there were promising news such as, in the future we expect every human’s DNA to be sequenced whatever disease they may have. This means as bioinformatics people we will have plenty of new areas found both in computer science and in medicine. I am looking forward to this new developments in the field.
I always wanted to be someone useful to society. I am trying to do it by studying as hard as I can but it is never enough. Whatever I do, there remains something that I intended to do better. It is maddening but it gives me courage to finish what I’ve started and fulfill my ambition of becoming a successful computer scientist and bioinformatics person.
I believe that I will find that small measure of peace someday, may be by achieving some actual progress in the field and saving some lives. It is not to be forgotten that Edward Jenner ,inventor of smallpox vaccination, saved more lives than any man lived.
During my internship in Bilkent Cyberpark, I was encouraged to use Perl as a primary language in a project and I was not familiar with it before. So I decided to learn it as quickly as possible and I was shocked how hard it is to learn a different language from scratch in one week. I was surprised how different the syntax of Perl from Java or C++ (these are the languages that we were thought). But yet I was determined to work with it and I installed some IDE’s but IDE’s were harder to use than I thought.
Active Perl seems to be the best one though but still I expected more from the language. As a determined person in Bioinformatics I believe there should be another language using Java’s syntax and Perl’s libraries.
I searched a little bit about the great minds that we know of for the past few centuries and I realized that all the people that achieved so much and shaped our life today had one thing in common and that was that they stopped learning at a certain point and started thinking and creating. I wish I could be one of them, at least able to understand the mystery of their minds.