Staff profile: Dr Alan Rubin

Staff profile: Dr Alan Rubin

 Illuminate newsletter, December 2017
December 2017

Dr Alan Rubin
Dr Alan Rubin chose science over film school and
now writes computer programs to analyse DNA.

Dr Alan Rubin 

Postdoctoral researcher

Describe your job... As a computational biologist, I write computer programs to analyse DNA sequences and look for patterns in the data. I then represent the results visually in order to share them with other researchers and the public. 

Why do you love what you do? I find it exciting to work in a fast-moving, interdisciplinary field where I can help to develop new experimental techniques that use computing power to investigate biological questions at an unprecedented scale.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? When I was younger, I really wanted to go to film school.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself? Don’t be afraid to follow a non-traditional path – broader experience provides perspective that allows you to see and pursue different opportunities.

What’s your karaoke song of choice? Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer.

Which movie star would play you in a movie adaptation of your life? Vin Diesel.

What do you want to be remembered for? My sense of humour.

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