Battling the Behemoth

Getting up and running with bioinformatics can be a heavy task, especially if the last time you used command-line commands was in the late 1980s/ early 1990s when we all thought any little tweak to the behemoth in the den was high level coding. All jokes aside, there are a lot of moving parts and I do find a little comfort in the simplicity that is bash. Over the next few weeks I’m going to spend a little time posting about the processes to get me going while I learn the workflow on my PC. First up - Mox (HYAK). This isn’t technically first, but it’s a great way to bring a few important steps together and we’ll backtrack as needed. Before we get started, check out this handy bash cheat sheet to help (re)familiarize you so you can tackle your behemoth. oldComp-image. Photo credit: awilkes8

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February Goals

Let’s dive into a new quarter with some new goals! MallDivers-image February is a great month to kick off a few good habits (less days = better chance to build momentum).


  • Fix my current organizational system to make it universal and easy to use for me
  • Continue stepping through genome analysis workflow to build
    • familiarty with computational tools like BLAST, Bismark, IGV, Bedtools
    • multi-platform fluency (Mox - I’m looking at you!)
  • Read and annotate one paper a weak in my target project area (thanks Zach for the awesome idea!)
  • Post weekly updates on my progress in my lab notebook
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Seahorses for Life!

I’m not saying I’m cooler than the other side of the pillow… but I’m not not saying it. All kidding aside - what a dope shoutout! If you want to check out the article she’s referring to you can find it on the UW Marine Biology student spotlight website. AV-image

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October Goals

  • Get my notebook in order
  • Post daily in my notebook
  • Work through material from N. Scholz Ecotox presentation & connect via email
  • Work on contamination data from Nightingales
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Here goes something!

Hello! I’m a new graduate student in the Roberts Lab curious about how organisms and habitats respond at the intersection of the major threats of climate change and toxic contamination (acute and chronic).

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