I am Vivek, currently a PhD student with Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) at University of Michigan Medical School. I have an engineering masters in Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India.
My older blog is retired and all previous posts are now archived. A few useful posts from my older blog are:
- BLAST+ and Its inconsistencies
- Curated List of Biology Resources - awesome/biology
- Introduction to Functional Programming
Science provides intellectual freedom. It enables us to
explore and understand the nature of reality around us—from tiny atoms, living
cells and organisms, to the magnanimous universe.
Doing science requires a careful and systematic investigation, perseverance, and an unshakable curiosity to seek knowledge. However, many mistake the path of science to be cold and lonely. It is not. It cannot be. It is the most intellectual and largest collective experience of the mankind.
Thus, all my efforts—internships, projects, term papers, conferences—are a desperate reflection of my desire to become a useful member of this community, to develop, and explore own niche.
I am interested in understanding the structure of genome and its evolution at molecular and as well as systems level, how it alters the cell phenotype and leads to complex genetic diseases. I wish to work in omics driven areas that draw heavily from integrated experimental, quantitative, and computational approaches.
Lastly, a (tiny) list of published, public, or in progress work where I have made non-trivial contributions:
O’Neill, Rai, Kilpatrick; The International Society for Computational Biology and WikiProject Computational Biology: Celebrating Ten Years of Collaboration Towards Open Access. Bioinformatics 2017. (abstract, pdf)
I am hooked to open-source software development — an ambitious outgrowth of my personal interest to create free (as in free speech!) and open-source content. During summer 2016, I was selected for Google Summer of Code program, where I contributed to OpenSNP.org under umbrella of Open Bioinformatics Foundation.
I am also one of the founding members of metaKGP.
Few projects with my significant contributions are:
I am interested in the ideas of quantified self, getting things done, lateral thinking, language and learning, history of humans, open communities, free knowledge, and societal issues like gender biases.
I enjoy hiking, playing table tennis, long no-purpose walks, camping, open-spaces, and a delicious coffee.