Science Careers

Interview with a Bioinformatician: Dr. Ryan Mills, Ph.D.

Author:  Aiman Faruqi

Dr. Ryan Mills, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics, and the Department of Human Genetics, at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Mills earned his Bachelor’s degree in biology at Wabash College, his Ph.D. in bioinformatics at Georgia Tech, and was a postdoctoral fellow at both Emory University and Harvard Medical School. His research is focused on developing algorithms for identifying structural variation in human genomes and assessing their role in various disease phenotypes

Pedagogy: A Science of its Own

Author:  Kaitlyn Ramsay

It was 1988 when Leslie Mackenzie, then a graduate student at Queens University, was told by his supervisor that he would be giving an anatomy lecture the next day to a group of student nurses. “To prepare for that I did what anyone would have done - I read the textbook,” recalls Mackenzie of his first teaching experience. After the lecture Mackenzie stuck around to speak with the students. The feedback was unanimous. “They said I sounded just like a textbook which I could only assume was negative,” Mackenzie laughed as he recalled the students’ comments.

Interview with Bonnie Kuehl of Scientific Insights Consulting Group Inc.

Author:  Anastasiya Maryukova

My career started with doing an honors undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, double majoring in biochemistry and biomedical sciences. During my third and fourth year summers I worked as a high school biology tutor/teacher at Atomic Energy Chalk River Laboratories (AECL). It was an enjoyable experience and it gave me work experience during my undergraduate years, which was important for making future connections. After completing my B.Sc., I proceeded to a combined MSc/Ph.D degree at University of Toronto, specializing in medical bio physics.