15 01 2012

It’s just a few away from Graduation Day and all is now set for the big day. In the 3 days since i returned from the park, i have been running up and down making sure all is all set and  no mikstakes to be made.

So far i have already processed my invitation cards, gown, booklet and most importantly my transcript. I was surprised when i got my transcript since it takes a long time for most people to get theirs but i guess it was my lucky day.

Now armed with my Transcript i can fairly compete for jobs since it’s one of the requirements. I’ll take it with me to the park and try landing a job there.

All i am left with regarding graduatiuon is attending the Ceremony on Monday, 16th January 2012 then i get a Certificate after. I am planning on taking lots of pictures so expect quite a number of them by the end of the week.

For now i have to go and finish with preparations………. XOXO

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11 01 2012

It’s 5 days to the big day. The day i’ve been looking forward to since i was admitted into college over 3 years ago. The Day of my Graduation.

It’s not been easy to get to this day, as you can read in the previous posts here, College has been very tiring for me. But i gladly finished it without repeating a course so i am proud of myself.

I am now doing Volunteer work in at a Wildlife Park in a field that i love a lot (Conservation) and it’s not the boring office work that everyone yarns for, i am doing loads and loads of field work.

I have come this far and i know i can achieve more through my commitment and patience. I hope Graduation Day will not mark the start of of dark future but a start of life of opportunities and loads of decision making. Whatever happens, i am going to succeed no matter what.

D Day is Monday 16th January 2012. I will post as many pictures as i can. Till that day, Stay Safe…


10 08 2011

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It’s been long since my last post, but i wasn’t just as idle as the blog. I am currently battling with thoughts of what i am going to do next after graduation in January 2012.

Ideally i would be expected to get a job and start working. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Getting a job is a tough thing, if your not lucky to scoop up opportunities in some private pharmaceutical companies that don’t require working  experience, you must have connections to “big guys” mostly in government that can get you onto some job offers.

Unfortunately i have none of the above so far so i have to do it the hard way. I have to do couple of internship and lots of volunteering (working for free) in order to get at least 1 years experience or more that most employers require. That means for next 1 or 2 years i have to work for free before i can get a chance of being employed. Kinda sucks!!

Lucky for me is that i have a pending MSc fellowship (thanks to my undergraduate Zoology supervisor) but i need to have my undergraduate degree transcripts before i can take it up. The transcripts will be due in November this year so till then i have to wait. I have sent in a couple of applications for internships so i am expecting calls from some of them by the end of the month.

The next  year or so is going to be crucial in what i do in the years to come. For now it looks like i am headed for further studies (MSc) and before that i will be doing internship to build up my work experience.

That’s what next for me. Till my next post, stay safe and do good.

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Genomics and Bioinformatics Workshop Materials

9 07 2011

It’s been a couple of weeks since the end of the Bioinformatics workshop. As usual, i learnt a lot in this workshop.

The workshop lasted 9 days. Each day was made up of 3 sessions. The first session was a short lecture about Genomics followed by a tea break then a Tutorial in session 2 where we did hands-on work on how to use several Bioinformatics online tools such as BLAST, ORF Finder, Gene Alignment among others. We also used several genomics software such as MEGA and Crystal in the tutorials. On some days we had discussions of several papers on Genomics research. At the end of each day, we filled out a short survey about our experience in the sessions of that day.

On the last day (Day 9) we filled out a final survey and we were awarded certificates of attendence and flash drives. I have compiled some of the materials we used during the workshop. It includes Tutorial guides, Papers and genome files. You can find them here

Each day is represented by a folder. Enjoy!

Bioinformatics and Genomics Workshop Materials


6 06 2011

It’s that time of the year again when Workshops and Internship are the order of the Day.

This time, i am attending a Bioinformatics and Genomics workshop sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Lewis Clark College.

The workshop is going to last 9 days and will take place betweeen June 6th to June 9th and June 13th to June 17th 2011.

During the event, we will learn how to use various Genomics software and databases such as BLAST, Galaxy, GenBank, ClustalW, MEGA among others.

Here is the schedule of the workshop.

Week 1 (June 6th to June 9th 2011)

  • 6th June – Bioinformatics and Genomics Introduction and DNA/RNA/Protein Overview: Using NCBI and Navigating Genbank Record
  • 7th June – Sequencing, Sequence Searching, and Pairwise Alignments: Using BLAST
  • 8th June – Protein Alignment and Structure: Using ClustalW and Cn3D
  • 9th June – Sequence Analysis and Phylogenetic Trees: Using MEGA5

Week 2 (June 13th to June 17th 2011)

  • 13th June – WGS and High Throughput Sequencing: Using Genome Browsers
  • 14th June – Gene prediction: Using GENSCAN and ORF Finder
  • 15th June – Non-coding and Repetitive DNA and RNA:  Using mirEval
  • 16th June – Genome-wide studies: Using Galaxy
  • 17th June – Workshop post-assessment and reception

Looking forward learning new things.


9 05 2011

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It’s Exam period again and these are going to be my last undergraduate exams. For this reason, i have to work so hard so that i get to graduate in January 2012.

Here is the timetable of the exams;

  • Tuesday, 10th May 2011 – Animal Behavior
  • Thursday, 12th May 2011 – Genetics
  • Monday, 16th May 2011 – Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Tuesday, 24th May 2011 – Industrial Biochemistry
  • Thursday, 26th May 2011 – Clinical Biochemistry and Disease Processes

I like this timetable because it’s well spaced out so i will have enough study time.

Can’t wait to graduate.

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24 04 2011

On Monday 25th April 2011, we will be going to a Wildlife Reserve to carry out a Field Course.

Field Course is a short field study aimed at training us in how to carry field research.

During the course, we will choose a topic area where we want to do the field study under supervision by a professor.

Once the topic is chosen, we will head out to the field / jungle to kick start the research.

Personally, i am looking to doing a study on large mammals although i am not yet to decide on which exact species or area i want to study. But i am thinking Primates might do just fine.

The Course lasts 3 days and we are setting off on Monday, 25th April 2011 and we will return on Thursday 28th April 2011 after making a presentation about the results of the study.

After that, we will write a report about our findings.

Will see how it goes.

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