Student Experiences



Miquel Duran (2012): "As a trained organic chemist and mathematics enthusiast, I had to bear the frustration of not seeing a direct impact of my work on the lives of people. Through the Master's in Bioinformatics, I was smoothly introduced into timely biological problems, and aided in recycling my previous knowledge into cutting-edge research"




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David Mosén (2011): "The Master in Bioinformatics was a great opportunity to apply what I learnt during my engineering degree in Computer Science to an exciting and constantly evolving field. On top of that, the demanding courses and the knowledge from a heterogeneous group of students were extremely rewarding. Still, I had time to have fun and enjoy the picturesque Barceloneta quarter"




christian perezChristian Perez-Llamas (2010): "It is perfect to get an overview in bioinformatics. It is more than recommended if you want to do a PhD because teachers are researchers, so you can know their projects and whom to address to according to your interests"




steve_laurieSteve Laurie (2009):  "The Masters in Bioinformatics for Health Sciences at UPF allowed me to transition from being a wet-lab biologist to being a dry-lab biologist. The variety of modules available made it easy to tailor the course towards my own interests and paved the way towards undertaking a PhD in evolutionary genomics at IMIM/UPF which I recently completed successfully"





Oriol López(2012): "The Master in Bioinformatics for Health Sciences allowed me to make a change in my professional career. My background is in Computer Science and I worked in IT consulting sector for more than 10years. The master allowed me to do an easy transition from a pure IT background to a scientific one.The master has given me a wide vision of the principles and methods of bioinformatics. One of the major strengths of the Master is its multidisciplinary approach"




Pedro_SfrisoPedro Sfriso(2012): "The MSc in Bioinformatics was an excellent introduction to this fast-growing field, in which one needs to be familiar with the concepts from different disciplines such as Biology and Informatics. During my courses, I have discovered tools of whose capabilities I was unaware and which I now use on a daily basis. This master gave me a solid background that enables me to understand how bioinformatics is evolving"




R GuixaRamón Guixà (2011): ""I enrolled into the MSc in Bioinformatics for the Health Sciences at the UPF to pursue a PhD in Biomedicine using molecular dynamics. These two years really provided me with crucial experience to work in a field that evolves extremely fast. Thanks to a multidisciplinary teaching and a state-of-the-art program this master has totally focused my career"




Dmitry RepchevskyDmitry Repchevsky(2010): " I've been participating in this master in 2007-2010 and still believe that this was the best investment I ever made. The master is quite tough (especially the first year) for someone with a full-time job, but the possibility to meet so many passionate people and the experience gained are really worth it"




MavarMarija Mavar Haramija (2012): "UPF's Master in Bioinformatics allowed us to, firstly, get to know this multidisciplinary, fast-growing field offering us a clear introduction to most of the disciplines involved, and afterwards, to specialize in a particular area by working on our master projects in top-notch centres. In my opinion, it's a great springboard for careers in these fields. Also, it was great fun".




González-VJuan Gonzalez-Vallinas (2010): "The UPF Master on bioinformatics opened me the doors to the word of biomedical research, something that for Software Engineers like I was is equivalent to falling into Alice's rabbit hole. I really enjoyed the fact that the experience was truly interdisciplinary: Biologists, Chemists, Mathematicians, Computer Scientists... The courses have two objectives: To give a broad view and specialization in computer based biology research and to present the different research specializations that the UPF departments work on. Overall, my experience was very positive and enriching both professionally and personally".



AthanasiadisYorgos Athanasiadis (2012): "While developing my career, high-throughput technologies had started to gain ground in most research activity in human genetics, making essential a good knowledge of computational biology. Aware as I was of this shift, I signed up for a two-year MSc course in Bioinformatics for Health Sciences at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (2010-2012). This master has gained an outstanding reputation, due to its international teaching staff, interdisciplinary approaches and strong orientation towards hands-on training, helping me to learn new skills or improve existing ones in large data analysis through computer programming, algorithm design and statistical analysis".




magdaMagda Gayà (2012) "After my PhD I wanted to learn some programming, thus, I enrolled in the Master in Bioinformatics of the UPF, which provided me with the necessary background in Bioinformatics. Since I started almost from scratch, this master was quite intensive to me, but thanks to this, I was introduced to several programming languages and other useful tools. The 2nd year research project was incredibly helpful as I could apply my newly acquired skills and gather some experience. Besides the knowledge I acquired, I also made good friends and did a lot of networking. Thanks to all this, I carried on working as a postdoc in Bioinformatics".