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Post-COVID-19 Pandemic Impact Assessment of Bioinformatics and Women Bioinformaticians: A Realm of Possibilities or Gloom-Ridden



Sakshi Singh1, Arvinpreet Kaur2, Purnima Kakkar2, Sujata Dhar3, Dhatri Madduru3, Jeshima Khan Yasin4, Aparna Banerjee5, Renuka Suravajhala3, 6, *
1 Core Unit for Molecular Tumor Diagnostics (CMTD), National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) and DKFZ Dresden, Dresden 01307, Germany
2 Department of Bioinformatics, Hans Raj Mahila MahaVidyalaya, Mahatma Hans Raj Marg, Grand Trunk Rd, Jalandhar, Punjab144008, India
3 Bioclues.org, Hyderabad, India
4 Division of Genomic Resources, ICAR-NBPGR, PUSA Campus, New Delhi – 110012
5 Centro de Investigación de Estudios Avanzados del Maule (CIEAM), Vicerrectoría de Investigación y Postgrado, Universidad Católica del Maule, Talca3460000, Chile
6 Amrita School of Biotechnology, Amrita Viswa Vidyapeetam, Kerala 690525, India


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Abstract

COVID-19 has greatly influenced the worldwide scientific community to shift its focus towards computational and multidisciplinary approaches to meet the needs around the world. In contrast, a downfall in women computational biologists was significant, attributed to stress in balancing professional and personal household responsibilities due to the preexisting gender gap, especially in India. Additionally, surging cases, deadlines of incomplete projects, and the dilemma about prospects adversely influence productivity, which can be addressed by support and understanding from the family, at the office, and between the mentor and the protégé. A potential focus on life science research, especially computational biology, is anticipated in Post-COVID times.

Keywords: COVID-19, Bioinformatics, Women Researchers, Productivity, Possibility, Stress.