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IJORCS Interview Panel

An Interview - Elham Nikookar, University of Tehran, Iran

Introduction
I am Elham Nikookar, a Research Scholar in University of Tehran, Iran. I am 26 year old and currently pursuing masters in Algorithm and Computation.
How did u gain interest in Bio-informatics? According to you, at what level this river of Bio-Informatics gets mixed with the ocean of multi-disciplinary research?
Knowing your own interest is not an easy goal to achieve with perfection though. But, during my course in Bio-Informatics I developed keen interest in studying the effects and applications of computer science in biological and medical researches.
What trends do you predict in Bio-informatics?
According to me, in coming future, bioinformatics would have more vast coverage for its applicability in a normal human’s life. For example, it leads us to development of better drugs, better ailments and accessibility tools for disabled people.
What is the importance of research training for a researcher before starting any research project?
Any person’s mind is like a closed pot when it is not exposed to real life scenarios. During training one gets exposure and assistance to drive out its way. New and brighter ideas pop in their minds, which can make the knowledge base bigger. After grasping the most out of it, a trained researcher could start a project with relevant knowledge which would help him during the rest of research.
What aspects should be considered by the researchers while selecting a journal to publish their research work?
The richness of journal is the most important factor. Richness means the quality of previously published papers of the journal and the number of citations to papers of the journal. Other factors such as the way the journal reviews the papers and which academies and institutions index journal papers would be considered too.
Which investigation formed a basis for your latest research publication, “A Novel Statistical Method for Thermo stable Protein Discrimination”?
This manuscript (published in IJORCS) of mine was the foremost research work that I have carried out for my thesis work. In my research work, now i am working on the “Effect of Motif Features on Protein Discrimination Accuracy”. Further expanding the research work, I am also proposing a Novel Ensemble Method for the Purpose of Optimizing Protein Class Prediction Quality.
Please recommend some web-resources for budding scholars in Bio-informatics domain.
  • http://www.biomedcentral.com/
  • http://www.pdb.org/
  • http:// bioinformatics.oxfordjournals.org/

What would be your recommendation(s) and advice to young researchers who would want to pursue research in Bio-informatics?
Young researchers should be keen to learn to new things and read about them with full interest. They should read novel and new manuscripts published in reputes journals and presented in conferences to keep themselves informed about current / latest researches in the field of bioinformatics. They should also try to access good datasets because the dataset you are starting your work with, probably will be the dataset you chose to continue to work on because at that time you would have become familiar with it.
Any current research project(s) you are working on?
In my research work, now i am working on the “Effect of Motif Features on Protein Discrimination Accuracy”. Further expanding the research work, I am also proposing a Novel Ensemble Method for the Purpose of Optimizing Protein Class Prediction Quality.\
What’s your opinion on open access publication? Do you favor paid subscription journals?
It is would be better to have open access journals in the community! Being open access makes the chance of downloading your paper more than non-open access journals. On the other hand, these are beneficial to the user of under-developed or developing countries, where user cannot pay to read every new article in the field.
What do you love to do, other than Research?
Currently, I just love to carry on my research work only. But, in idle times, I like to fiddle with programming languages and to develop something good. I also read new on the internet while I am sitting idle. And if you ask about the extra activities like, watching TV and going to gym, then I can say only one thing, I am so sorry…! My day doesn’t have more than 24 hours.

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