As part of my thesis project for my bachelor Biomedical Engineering in Eindhoven, I had to apply machine learning to a diabetes dataset. I really liked this project and decided I wanted to learn more about data science. However, I did not want to give up the biomedical side of things, because I liked that too much as well.
That’s why I decided to apply for the joint master Bioinformatics offered by the TU Delft and Leiden university. The heavy focus on fundamental data science and the outstanding reputation of both universities made me choose this master. And I’m glad I did.
I love the sort of paradoxical relation between the exact world of computer science and the seemingly highly variable world of biology. It makes the field very challenging, but therefore also very interesting.
The field is very multidisciplinary, pretty much everybody did a different bachelor. This creates a very interesting environment with a broad mix of people, each with a different expertise.
Only a handful of courses is mandatory. To fill the rest of your masters, you’re pretty much free to pick the courses you like the most. Because of this, I only did the courses I really enjoyed and/or thought I really needed.
Right now, I’m working on my master thesis ‘predicting the effect of genetic variations’ at the VUmc in Amsterdam.
After obtaining my master degree I hope to stay in the field of bioinformatics either on a Ph.D. track or a research position in the industry.