Bianca Peterson



Once upon a time I was a biologist with no prior computational training. Suddenly I had to acquire foundational computational skills in order to analyse big data generated for my PhD project.

In 2015, I crossed paths with one of the greatest mentors in my life. She encouraged me to attend a Data Carpentry workshop, where I was introduced to the Unix Shell and RStudio for the first time and it felt like a whole new world opened up. I realised that so many other people were in the same position that I was, and that there was a great need for training in foundational computational skills. Subsequently, I decided to become a Carpentries instructor in 2016. Since then, I have taught at multiple Carpentry workshops as a volunteer, trying to help others who want/need to learn computational skills for their research/careers.

I also started my own business in 2018, doing consultation work (mostly data analyses) for various faculties at the North-West University. I strongly believe that we learn by doing. It is through my “doing” that I have learned that RStudio can do so much more, and I want to share it with the world!