Sara Duarri Redondo: Introducing myself

Hi! In this post, I would like to introduce myself as a former participant of the Summer of HPC (SoHPC) 2020, hosted by the PRACE.

Who am I?

I am Sara Duarri Redondo, a 22-years-old geneticist who is currently finishing her masters in Bioinformatics at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain).

Apart from my studies, I would say that most of my hobbies are art-centered: painting, music (I play the violin), drag, … so I love going to concerts and spectacles when possible.

When people ask me about my studies the next question usually is what is Bioinformatics? Bioinformatics its a field that combines Statistics, Computer Science, and Biology. In more plain words, it provides scientists the power and tools to analyze the amounts of biological data generated nowadays. Of course, it is a big field, and it can cover topics from drug design to population genomics.

Bioinformatics provides scientists the power and tools to analyze the amounts of biological data generated nowadays

If you ask me which part of Bioinformatics is my favorite one it has to be Computational Biology, which lets you develop skills such as algorithm-development and mathematical modeling.

What I am doing at SoHPC?

The reason I decided to apply to SoHPC was that I thought this was a great opportunity to work in a topic I am interested in, with new people, and in addition to this, improve my computational skills.

During these 2 months, I’ll be working on the project Quantum Genome Pattern Matching using Rigettis forest API, hosted by the ICHEC in Dublin (Ireland). Unfortunately, this year, work must be done remotely, from home.

Because SoHPC went online, for most of the projects, there will be two students (instead of one) working on the same project. Benedict and I will be working together on this project. In my opinion, working in pairs is a strong point that will help us to improve our teamwork skills and learn from each other.

I am really excited to start working on the project, due to the fact it would be my first time using Quantum Computation, and on top of that, the project has a direct application to genomics.

So, for now, that is every from me. I am looking forward to reading the other students’ presentations, and how their project progress through the summer. I will try to keep you updated about mine!

Happy summer and happy HPC!

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