Rajeev Gangal, chief technology officer, itCube Pvt Ltd, PuneRajeev Gangal who is presently working as chief technology officer for itCube Pvt Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of itCube Inc, an Ohio-based organization that develops customized solutions for process management of medical and clinical research, took up a career in bioinformatics.Having seven years of experience in this field at different levels and also in different companies such as AstraZeneca India as bioinformatics researcher, project leader at Forscience and consultation to Evolvus, start-up companies in bioinformatics and also as co-founder and chief scientific officer of SciNova Technologies Pvt Ltd, he observes, "Bioinformatics as a business is mainly the IT component.
With the increasing availability of pathway and protein interaction data and clinical data, it will be a major thrust area, " Gangal
Besides Dr Anand Kumar from AstraZeneca Research Foundation Bangalore, who is strongly committed to supporting novel ideas and technologies developed in India, he
says Dr Milind Watve, Prof. Abasaheb, Garware College, Pune
and Dr Shridhar Gadre from the Chemistry department of Pune University
, have influenced him a lot in this information technology driven life sciences industry.Gangal has some tips for students who are looking at taking up courses in bioinformatics: learn the basics of how to standardize, interpret and analyze data, learn to bridge the gap between programming and life sciences, specialize in one of them and be good in the other.He
says, "These skills will stand you in good stead."
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