This section aims to give insight in one aspect of our life as Early Stage Researchers (ESRs): the secondment visits. These are visits to academic and non-academic participants in our network. According to the grant agreement their aims are
Each of us will visit several partner organizations during our participation in the ZENCODE-ITN and we will share our experiences here.
“to gain skills in techniques and technologies not available to them in their host lab and will ensure the multidisciplinary nature of their training, whilst also broadening their outlook and exposing them to non academic environments to improve their employability. Secondments also ensure ESRs are fully integrated into the Network and will consolidate collaborative projects.“
Together with my supervisor I planed a 2-month secondment in London in order to strenghten the collaboration with Damir (aka Sensei), by working together on the project and learn more from him and the others.
Analyzing and integrating the data generated in the lab can be really difficult for a wet-lab scientist.
Molecular biology is complex.
ATAC-seq (Assay for Transposase-Accessible Chromatin using sequencing) is a quite new technique that allows us to understand how accessible the chromatin is.
Data analysis is crucial when dealing with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology, not trivial at all but extremely powerful if well executed.
ZFIN (ZebraFish Information Network) is the biggest database dealing with zebrafish as a model organism. With my project goal of building the annotation backbone for the DANIO-CODE consortium (danio-code.zfin.org), it was a natural choice for me to go there.