I was born 28 years ago in the south of Italy, and have always been fascinated by science and computers.
I finally had the chance to mix them during my MSc internship in Bioinformatics, which was focused on mitochondrial genomics data. My thesis involved working on a biological database and its web interface, so I started diving into programming, data management and web development.
After graduating, I attended an internship at ELIXIR in Cambridge, UK, where I developed the Bioschemas website, as well as a data validator for Schema.org metadata. This allowed me to deepen my knowledge of web development and design.
I then started a PhD in Genomics and Proteomics at the University of Bari (IT), with a particular focus on creating systems to retrieve, integrate and redistribute human mitochondrial data.
At the moment I'm a Scientific Software Developer at Enthought in Cambridge (UK).
More on my personal and working life in my resume.
During my PhD in Bioinformatics, my daily job involved dealing with genomics big data. I was required to mix bioinformatics analysis, data science and web development in order to gather interesting insights from these data, and build reliable systems to explore and manipulate them.
My current job as a software developer allows me to further improve these skills, apply them to interesting projects while collaborating with very stimulating people.
Most of my projects can be found on GitHub; here is a list of some notable things I built.
Websites and databases
Occasionally, I like writing about programming, data science and bioinformatics. I mostly write a post for my own later reference, but probably you might find something useful too.
All my post are available through my Medium page. Should you find one of my articles helpful, please feel free to clap it and share it on social media.
Why an external blog?
I used to host my own blog here on robertopreste.com, but with the last restyling of this website I decided to move everything to Medium. I prefer using a platform specifically suited for blogging, rather that reinvent the wheel and build my own; same applies for my projects, most of which are hosted on GitHub. By the way, you might want to have a look at my work too.
This reflects my general preference towards small, modular and focused applications, compared to a huge single platform that should take care of too many things at a time.
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