On March 1, Vera Claassen started working for Agri Information Partners as a Bio Informatician. We went into conversation with Vera to get better acquainted.
Vera studied Animal Sciences at the WUR (Wageningen University & Research) and soon found out that she was pretty good with computers. At the open day of the Master Bio Informatics she saw this emerging field and was quickly convinced. “This is what I should do!”. After all, with bio informatics, biological knowledge is enriched by knowledge from computer science, mathematics and statistics, among others.
When choosing her graduate internship, she deliberately chose an assignment in plant breeding, despite her animal science background. She completed her graduation internship at Agri Information Partners (AIP) where she did a Bio Informatics assignment for one of AIP’s clients.
When asked what that assignment entailed, Vera replied that she performed the entire process from pipeline development, processing FastQ data, to developing the markers for certain traits. The great thing is that the customer is now using the markers in practice.
Vera, what appeals to you so much about working at AIP?
I have experienced the internship period at AIP as very pleasant, despite working from home a lot and having limited live contact with colleagues. The culture in the company really appeals to me because of the involvement and collegiality. After a short career at another company, I have therefore decided to join AIP as of March 1st.
What will you be doing at AIP?
As part of a team of bioinformaticians, I will be supporting clients in the effective use of large amounts of data. This can of course be genotypic data, but I also like to sink my teeth into a large set of production or marketing data.
If you would like to meet Vera or one of her team members to explore whether we can translate your data into useful information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.