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Women's Early Career Academic Network (WeCAN) Event: Why being a "difficult woman" is a positive

A virtual seminar hosted by the SMDBS Gender Equality Committee with guest speaker, Dr Jaine Blayney

Dr Jaine Blayney, Lecturer in Translational Bioinformatics at QUB

As part of the 2020 Women's Early Career Academic Network (WeCAN) Seminar Series, the Gender Equality Committee in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences hosted this virtual event which was facilitated by Dr Jaine Blayney.



Dr Jaine Blayney, Lecturer in Translational Bioinformatics at QUB, shared personal experiences from her life and career to date and discussed her perspective on the pros and cons of data analysis. Jaine shared with us how she balances the demands of research and academic workloads and why being a "difficult woman" can be a positive!


Dr Jaine Blayney studied Maths at Somerville College (Oxford); Computing and Info Systems then Bioinformatics at Ulster University. She has spent 15 years working with charities, in advice, training and counselling. Dr Blayney is currently a Lecturer in Translational Bioinformatics at QUB and is a Course Director for MSc Bioinformatics/Computational Genomics.

Dr Blayney uses mathematics, statistics and computing in biomedical research to uncover new biological insights from patient data; with an interest in separation of patients into different subgroups, based on the complex biological patterns found in tissue or blood samples, which can help speed up treatment response and patient recovery. Just as there is not a one-treatment fits all, different patient data may require the application of different statistical modelling or machine learning techniques.

In 2019, Dr Blayney was awarded the All-Ireland Women in Tech, Data Scientist @WITAwardsDublin, All-UK WeAreTEch TechWomen100 @WATC_WeAreTech and IT Professional of the Year by the British Computer Society NI.

This event was attended by almost 100 staff and students from Queen's and the feedback received was very positive. 

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