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I graduated 6 years ago with a bachelors in computer science and have been developing software since then. I have gotten really good at what I do, but have come to the conclusion that the H.R Frameworks, Content Management Tools, and trivial computer systems I worked on, have not mattered much in the grand scheme of things.

I want to use my software development skills to work on things that are more important in my opinion, specifically healthcare research; anything that can help find solutions to today's greatest medical challenges: cancers, Alzheimer's disease, extending life expectancy, things like that. I'm sure computer science has a place somewhere in this, but I don't know the first thing about protein folding, research lab equipment, and the human genome.

I'll probably have to go back to school and at least get some sort of degree or certificate in biotechnology, but don't know where to start, and where it will lead me to. Can I get some guidance?

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    Would you be able to edit your question to make it less about your situation and more generic? As written, your question depends upon individual factors. – Richard Erickson Apr 25 '18 at 14:25
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    Also, some suggestions: Start by reading. Even Wikipedia articles on the topic. Then look at the references they cite and read those. Next, find an open source project for an area you find interesting and start contributing. – Richard Erickson Apr 25 '18 at 14:27
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    My advice, apply for a graduate school. Once admitted, you'll have an advisor. Your advisor will give you guidance. – scaaahu Apr 25 '18 at 14:32
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    You might want to also look up the term/field "health informatics" - lots of people going into the field (and in fact creating it) started as computer scientists and moved to apply their skills to the health field. As you develop a better idea of the fields, you can also look into programming (often "research programmer", "research software engineer", etc) positions which emphasize the skills over specific research experience. You basically accept less pay to work in an area you care more about, and may find positions where you can work before going to grad school if you take to research. – BrianH Apr 25 '18 at 16:12
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    Not an answer, but perhaps an interesting/inspiring resource to get you started looking into cross-discplinary research areas: matt.might.net – henning Apr 25 '18 at 18:27