Dr Pirita Paajanen

Postdoctoral Scientist Genes in the Environment

Pirita is a computational biologist studying different Arabidopsis species.

Currently she divides her time between Dr Antony Dodd’s lab working on gene expression data drawn from Arabidopsis on field conditions, building statistical models to elucidate the integration of circadian and environmental signals.

Her passion is to study complex problems that might have two or more phenomena working simultaneously and being able to put them together in one explanation.

Pirita’s research is influenced by her training as a mathematician, and now she enjoys applying her rigorous thinking into quantitative problems that arise from sequencing data.

When she is not working on circadian biology, she is working in the Informatics team, helping and training scientistss with a very wide range of bioinformatics problems, whether it is genome assembly, using the latest genome sequencing technologies for cutting edge research, analysing RNASeq data, population genomics or evolution of protein complexes.