Moving to the Dark Side

Leaving the Pipette for a Keyboard.

About me

I used to do a lot of pipetting. Like 96-well plate PCR ‘a lot’. At some point during my postdoc I decided that I wanted to have control over analysis of the data generated by high-throughput experiments. Mistakes happen and will always happen, but I would rather be able to detect and fix them myself. So I started learning scripting, and suddenly the time spent on the computer analyzing data became longer and, despite all the compiling frustrations, more enjoyable.

The pipette lost. Long live the keyboard.

This blog is a collection of tips, hints, and ramblings that detail my journey from qPCR and cell culture to R scripting and bedtools - sometimes a combination of both. A journey to the dark side from the perspective of a bench biologist. It is intended primarily as personal notes for future reference, so I might even put a few cooking recipes (mostly quasi-paleo).


I like eating, cooking and sharing recipes so I created a food blog: Food For the People. Have a look.

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