What experience has had the biggest impact on your career? (Part Two)

We asked the members of the in silico Plants editorial board about the experience that has had the biggest impact on their career. This is what they said:


 
In 1977, while doing my undergraduate study at Stellenbosch University, the crop physiology lecturer, Dr George Craven, asked his students to write a computer program to mimic plant growth using basic growth analysis principles. We used punch cards for a mainframe computer. My program eventually worked! The experience opened my eyes to the power and elegance of crop simulation modelling, and probably gave direction to my research interests and career. I am grateful for Dr Craven’s foresight and innovative thinking.
 
Dr. Abraham Singels | Principal Agronomist | South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI)
 


 
It is always complicated to identify a single experience with the biggest impact in a research career. In my case, the key moment was certainly when I decided to shift from the wet lab to bioinformatics and computational biology. This career move involved the combination of two passions, computers and biology, allowing me to explore a diverse range of problems. I was also extremely lucky to have a great PhD advisor and a brilliant postdoc supervisor at NCBI-NIH, who helped me develop the mindset to identify and tackle interesting biological problems.
 
Dr. Thiago M. Venancio | State University of Northern Rio de Janeiro, Brazil