Vincent PIRAS, PhD


Zebrys, R++ The Next Step.
Paris-Saclay University, Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell (I2BC), CNRS, UMR9198
Keio University, Institute for Advanced Biosciences
National Engineering School of Brest

Contact: vincent.piras@gmail.com


I am a computational biologist and biostatistician with a software engineering background.


I have developed great interest in studying living things since I was around 10, in particular for birds (see my field notes). I discovered programming when I got my first computer when I was around 13, and became passionate in high school where I developed a graphical shell (like Windows) for my calculator (Tinix). This lead me to want to be a programmer and entered an engineering school. However, during that time, I regained interest in biology and spent 1 year in Japan for an internship in bioinformatics, thus reconciling my two passions for the digital and living worlds. I developed there a few tools and became an adept of the Java language. 
    Following my passion for research I applied for the Systems Biology PhD program at Keio University, Institute for Advanced Biosciences, in Japan, from which I graduated in 2012. There, I studied the dynamics of immune responses and cellular differentiation processes, as well as cancer responses to immune signals. I pursued my studies after graduation, working on single-cell transcriptome data to understand of intercellular heterogeneity during embryogenesis. In 2015, I moved back to France, to the Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell (I2BC)/CNRS in the Heterochromatin Dynamics groupto develop statistical methods for the analysis of big-data from next generation sequencing and to understand the 3D organisation of the genome and the deregulation of gene repression during ageing and in cancer cells. 
    I am currently a statistician at Zebrys (R++), where my missions are to define the statistical features of the software and write statistics tutorials.

Please see my brief Curriculum Vitae and Publications list for more details.