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October 31, 2023

The Silent Hero of the Pandemic: Bioinformatics


I’d like to thank Dr. Lori Boies for their assistance in the early stages of this project, especially in advising me on the approach to take in my research. And I’d like to thank my family and friends for their unwavering support and encouragement throughout the entire process, as well as their assistance with the editing. Finally, I’d like to express my gratitude to Dr. Boies for allowing me to raise awareness of this issue in my community.

Lindsey Ogle

I am a student-athlete at St. Mary’s University. I am a part of the 2024 graduating class and majoring in Forensic Science-Criminology with a minor in biology. I am also a member of the St. Mary’s volleyball team and serve as the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

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  • rmontoya6

    Hi Lindsey, I took Intro to Bioinformatics back in 2022, and looking back on it, I would of never imagined it being utilized for an event like the pandemic. Scientists in Bioinformatics contributed their expertise with three important components, Reverse Vaccinology, Immunoinformatic, and Structural Vaccinology. I found this interesting because some people are not aware of the process of bioinformatics, let alone a more specific topic within that study. I appreciate the Data Reporting section because such rich information gets looked past by and everyone should know and understand the work behind a vaccine. I like the layout of the infographic, the simplicity, and how straight to the point it is.

  • Alexa Miner

    Very informative infographic! I didn’t realize that the speed at which COVID was “taken care of” was due to bioinformatics. It makes me wonder what stage we would be in if it weren’t for bioinformatics. Would we still be in lockdown? I’m honestly glad we don’t have to find out. This infographic was beautifully made and was very easy to follow, very good job!

  • Madison Magaro

    I really like how easy your infographic is to follow and the aesthetic of it! I really did not know what bioinformatics was before this infographic and how important it was throughout the covid pandemic. I like how engaging your topic is and it drew me into wanting to read more about how bioinformatics can help look into the structures and mutations of Covid and how it can help stop it.

  • Jacqueline Guardia

    Hey Lindsey! Thank you for sharing that infographic about COVID. As someone from Bolivia, we knew little about the virus before the lockdown in March 2020. I’m particularly interested in the analysis used to determine the virus, such as sequence alignment and phylogenetics. I wanted the infographic to have explained more about the process. Thanks for sharing the insightful content! It helped broaden my understanding of the pandemic’s scientific aspects.

  • aortega28

    I enjoyed reading your infographic as the topic you chose occurred only recently and it impacted everyone’s lives. I like the way you laid out your infographic and how it flowed to connect it all. I also like how you broke down the bioinformatics played a role when providing a vaccine as it is a very difficult topic to understand.

  • sphipps1

    I really liked the idea of the infographic title being more so in the middle than at the direct top. I think showing the number of lives COVID-19 has claimed along with “Covid-19 Attack” at the top will really grab the eye of those who come across the graphic. What I found to be especially interesting was the information you provided about the role bioinformatics played in vaccines, specifically in structural vaccinology. Prior to seeing your infographic I was not aware of the process of structural vaccinology, but you summed up what it is and the role bioinformatics plays in it, simply and perfectly. Great Job!

  • khernandez40

    Hi Lindsey, I enjoyed reading your infographic about Bioinformatics. I had never heard about Bioinformatics until a friend of mine took it as an elective. The title is very engaging and portrays how Bioinformatics is the silent hero. This is very informative and thorough about its applications with the Covid pandemic. I wonder what kind of instrumentation is involved with Bioinformatics. Good Job ?

  • Hi Lindsey,
    I really enjoyed your infographic. I liked the format of it. It was short and concise but still very informative. The topic of covid is still very relevant though people tend forget how badly we were all effected by it.I think your title is perfect for the topic because bioinformatics played a huge role in getting us to where we are now (not in lockdown/quarantined) people are just not educated in the subject so bioinformatics goes unappreciated.

  • jdelafuente6

    I loved how this layout was so easy to read! I had no idea that sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis were used for COVID-19. I was surprised to learn that the reason we know it came from a bat was because of bioinformatics, I thought it was just from word of mouth. For what this poster entails, I believe your title is perfect. You did a great job putting this together. I feel like I learned a lot more about bioinformatics thanks to your infographic.

  • pgarcia58

    The title caught my attention right away, good job on making it so intriguing. This is a very cool and well-done infographic. I feel like we often don’t realize how important Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, coding, and all of their subsets keep gaining and gaining power in today’s world. There’s just so much we rely on using this type of technology, of course it includes the data analysis behind a pandemic. Thank you for bringing up this topic and making such a pretty piece with the information. The colors you used and the organization of your pictures and words give it such an aesthetic vibe. Great job.

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