Clinical bioinformatics (genomics)

You’ll be helping to inform the best treatment for a patient based on their unique genetic make-up.

Overview

Genomics is one of the fastest growing areas of research and development. In the UK, a prime focus is the 100,000 Genome Project.

Watch Health Education England’s video about genomics ‘Introducing Genomics in Healthcare’

Vast amounts of data are generated in genomics and a range of bioinformatics resources are used. The NHS is utilising advances in this area for diagnostic testing and management to provide the highest quality patient care.

If you work in bioinformatics (genomics), you’ll be in a role that connects computing, biology and medicine; those working in this area generally come from a variety of backgrounds including biology, computer science, statistics and informatics.

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Working life

You’ll apply bioinformatics resources, such as databases and online tools, to problems in genetics and genomics, using skills in programming and data analysis. You’ll provide support to ensure data received and generated by the laboratory is used in an efficient, standardised, secure and accurate manner using leading edge technologies and adhering to information governance standards.

You will be involved in service development which may include designing databases, generating programs to automate analysis, or creating next generation sequencing pipelines.

You’ll work as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes clinical scientists, doctors specialising in genetics, specialist nurses, genetic counsellors, IT teams and external providers of software or databases.

'What I love most about my role is that every day is different; because bioinformatics covers a lot of areas, my job is very varied.' Kelly Eggleton, trainee clinical scientist (clinical bioinformatics-genomics)

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