Rurika Oka was a Ph.D. student in a private sector company, Biomol-Informatics, in Spain from June 2013-August 2014. She is located at the UvA since September 2014. As a bioinformatics student, she performs computational data analysis, such as comparative genomics and next generation sequence analysis, on experimental data obtained from other partners.
She received her BSc in Chemical Biology from the University of Leicester, UK, and her MSc in Bioinformatics from Lund University, Sweden. She performed her bachelor thesis in the Structural Biology group at the University of Leicester, expressing and purifying protein constructs to find stable purification methods for the interaction studies afterwards. Her master thesis was performed with the Computational Chemistry group in a pharmaceutical company. She analyzed in-house and public compound data sets to investigate how a molecular structure influences the success rate of a compound during the drug discovery and development process.
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