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I’m Shirin, a biologist turned bioinformatician turned data scientist. During my PhD and Postdoc I worked with Next Generation Sequencing data to analyze diseases like arthritis. However, I then chose to become a data scientist for a German IT company, called codecentric. In this capacity, I have been working on many different projects, e.g. building fraud detection models, creating a chatbot, implementing predictive maintenance, and more. My tool of choice for data analysis so far has been R but I also work with Python. I am also very passionate about teaching and sharing knowledge, so I give workshops, talk at conferences or meetups, write blog posts and organize the the MünsteR R-users group on

I also teach a Data Camp course in hyperparameter tuning with R (UPDATE: Before you take this course please consider the info about the sexual harrassment scandal surrounding DataCamp!) and I’m on the program committee of the Minds Mastering Machines M3 conference.

My journey to Data Science

I love dancing and used to do competitive ballroom and latin dancing. Even though I don’t have time for that anymore, I still enjoy teaching “social dances” once a week with the Hochschulsport (university sports courses).

I created the R package exprAnalysis, designed to streamline my RNA-seq data analysis pipeline. It is available via Github. Instructions for installation and usage can be found here.

This blog will showcase some of the analyses I have been doing with different data sets (all freely available). I will also host teaching materials for students to access in conjunction with R courses I am giving.

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Also check out R-bloggers for lots of cool R stuff!