Meet Deborah and learn more about her through the following quick questions:
Good morning Deborah. What do you do at GenomSys and what are you currently working on?
Good morning! I am a Backend Developer at GenomSys. I’m in charge of maintaining, developing, and deploying the infrastructure that stands behind our software applications’ scenes, such as GenomSys Variant Analyzer or GenomSys Blood Typer.
What is your take on personalized medicine and what role does GenomSys play in that?
Personalized medicine brings a new approach to the diagnosis of medical conditions because it fits the single individual rather than having the previous one-size-fits-all approach with a bunch of negative side effects. The result is that there is the opportunity to be very precise and effective in prevention and treatments. GenomSys helps this approach by developing software that makes genomic analysis a simple procedure for experts.
Genomic data and data privacy challenges. What is in your opinion a way to solve this issue?
I don’t know much about the specific challenges in genomic data usage. Still, I think that a good way to solve the issue is by monitoring and discussing continuously with experts the possible criticisms that happen in sharing and using genomic data, in order to develop rules and method to protect the individual privacy.
What is the greatest benefit of MPEG-G in your opinion?
MPEG-G standard has different benefits. The greatest one is the structure defined for data that brings great readability and enrichment of the genomic data making them more usable in software and automatic procedures. Another important benefit is the compression technology that allows for saving efficiently very big files, particularly for whole exomes and whole genomes.
Why did you join GenomSys?
GenomSys is a great opportunity for me to explore a new exciting domain: Genomics. I’m happy to help the company’s mission because I think it can lead to improving the quality of people’s life or even saving it.
What do you do when you’re not handling the backend for GenomSys in your free time?
I’m a very couch potato, so I watch a lot of films and tv series in the company of my cat, but when it’s warm and sunny outside, I like to go out with friends, walk in nature, play board games, and stuff like that.
Do you listen to podcasts? What are you currently listening to?
I love podcasts! My favorite one is “Morgana”, made by two Italian female writers and journalists, that is about powerful women in history. I also like true crime and financial independence podcasts.
Or do you still prefer reading? What were the top 3 books that you think anybody should’ve read at least once?
I like reading, but it’s not my favorite thing. Anyway my advice is to read “Siddartha” written by Herman Hesse at least once.
What is your favorite base in the DNA (adenine, guanine, cytosine or thymine)?
I would say thymine because it is the only one that has the ability to change during the transcription from DNA to RNA.
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