Nice to meet you!
Hello! I'm Roberto, a software and web developer.
I'm a biologist by training, but since I started working in Bioinformatics, I have become more and more excited by its purely informatic side.
Developing algorithms, performing analysis, manipulating data and building websites to redistribute them: this is definitely my cup of tea.
Currently, I'm located in Bari (IT), where I'm finishing my PhD in Bioinformatics.
My spare time is mostly devoted to further improving my programming, data science and machine learning skills, but I also enjoy writing about these topics as well as building nice things to put this knowledge to practice.
Learn more about me, download my detailed resume and feel free to get in touch.
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, HmtDB, 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.
At the moment I'm a PhD student in Bioinformatics, working on mitochondrial big data, so my daily tasks involve dealing with massive amounts of data, extracting useful information from biological sequences, and exporting these enhanced data through the web.
I also co-founded a university spin-off company named BROWSer, which offers bioinformatic solutions and research counselling.
More on my personal and working life in my resume.
As a PhD student in Bioinformatics, my daily job involves dealing with genomics big data. I'm usually 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.
Most of my projects can be found on GitHub; here is a list of some notable things I built.
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
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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