EMBL-ABR network: an interview with Allegra Via
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Trained as a theoretical physicist, Allegra Via was lured by the beauty of proteins into the life sciences, and using her unique skills, gravitated towards bioinformatics. She regularly teaches Bioinformatics and Python Programming Language to bioinformaticians and biologists and in 2010 she created the “Bioinformatics using Python for Biologists” course for the Gulbenkian Training Programme in Bioinformatics, Portugal. Besides her research activity, she takes part in initiatives devoted to bioinformatics learning, education, and training including as co-author of the 2014 book: Managing your biological data using Python. Allegra insists biologists must not only know how to do data science, but they also need to understand statistics, the limitations of bioinformatics approaches and resources and how to speak to specialist computational biologists and data scientists.