“While I was here during the prize placement I kept an eye on job vacancies, and when the position of bioinformatician was advertised in David Adam’s group, I thought it would be perfect,” she says.
Jacqueline was successful, and says landing the role was a dream come true, as she wants to pursue a career in cancer genomics. She is now working on the DERMATLAS project, which aims to create a genomic atlas of skin tumours.
“I think it's a very innovative project because it aims to profile the genomes and transcriptomes of dozens of different skin tumour types that have never undergone genome sequencing before, including extremely rare ones. I really believe it will revolutionise the way we think about skin tumours.”
Her interest in computational biology began during her undergraduate degree at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.
“I think I was drawn to it because of the power that bioinformatics has. There are a lot of things that just cannot be addressed, or it would be much more difficult to address, experimentally. I think that bioinformatics has come to facilitate things, and allows you to have different perspectives on biological questions.”