Anastasia Ellis

Friday 22 September 2023

I’m a third year Biology PhD student based in the marine research building on East Sands where I work on a marine invertebrate called the sea squirt (Ciona intestinalis).

After struggling with all of my R-coding lectures during my undergraduate degree, I attended one of the software carpentry workshops at St Andrews which transformed my understanding of how to code and sparked my interest in teaching coding to others.

I subsequently became a helper for the software carpentries workshops and trained to become a Carpentries instructor (specialising in R coding).

As a biologist, I mainly work in R, but I also used Unix for accessing High Performance Computing clusters and sometimes foray into python coding.

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