- I am in the fourth year of my Ph.D. studies in bioinformatics. I have published two articles, one in my second year on the comparative genomics of a group of bacteria as a co-first author.
- Since then I took up software development and published software for comparative genome analysis, assembled from the various programs I wrote for my first publication.
- Later I generated a web resource of data from this software containing comparative genomics of thousands of bacterial strains. This may become one of my thesis chapters and another publication, hopefully.
So, the majority of my thesis would consist of software development without any direct clinical or experimental research. Will that be a major concern for a future career in this field? I am scared that I won’t be given research positions and become a programmer forever.