Alva James, MSc

Bioinformatics Analyst

Biomedical Informatics Group
Schmelzbergstrasse 26
SHM 26
8006 Zürich
SHM 26 B 5

I'm a bioinformatician with a keen interest and solid background in large-scale genomic and transcriptomic cohort studies.

I completed my undergraduate degree at Vinayaka Missions University, in Tamil Nadu, India, in 2009. From 2009-2010 I worked as technical support assistant for iTunes and Mac-McAfee anti-virus software at Bangalore, India.

In 2010 I moved to Sweden to pursue the master's degree in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg. As a part of the summer internship I got to work with AstraZeneca, Södertälje, Stockholm, there my work was focused on data mining and digitalizing the data from the literature. I finished my master thesis at SciLifeLab, Solna, Sweden. My thesis was focused on benchmarking alignment algorithms for allele-specific expression analysis. After completing my masters I started working as Bioinformatician at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden. My work focused on developing the pipeline and analyzing long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) RNA Immunoprecipitation (RIP-seq) data analysis from breast cancer patients. After my stay there, I started working with Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden, as Bioinformatician where I developed a database and web interface, based on Microarray allergy data from Scandinavian countries.

From 2014-2015, I worked as a Bioinformatician at the Charite University in Berlin on the analysis of various omic datasets. From 2015-2018, I started my Ph.D. thesis at the Charite University under a fellowship of the Deutsche Krebsforschungszentrum, on large-scale genomic and transcriptomic cohort studies to identify lncRNAs and their functions driving the subtypes of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.