I did my Biological Sciences degree at the University of Birmingham, graduating summer 1993. Working for my degree convinced me that my working life would not continue in a wet lab environment - no way! But at the time, I wondered what else in research was available to me?
After applying for an inappropriate job at University of Cambridge Prof. Michael Ashburner offered me another job as a literature curator for FlyBase. I accepted and thoroughly enjoyed the next 5 years (Oct 1993-Nov 1998) working for FlyBase: 6 monthly trips to USA, attending conferences and acquainting myself with all aspects of the wonderful genus Drosophila (genetics, phenotypes, ecology etc). I met and worked with many of the researchers interested in Drosophila and enjoyed the reputation that came with working for FlyBase.
After 5 years I felt it was time to move on and spread my wings, show the world I had ambition. With my experience in Drosophila, I successfully got a job as an annotator of Swiss-prot, starting Dec 1998. My principal curation task is annotation of Drosophila protein sequences. What wonderful sequences I have found these to be, a mixed bunch of protein isoforms, variant sequences, frameshifts etc - more than enough to keep me entertained! I am using many of the links I gained through my work with FlyBase to help me with my current job and Michael Ashburner is a name that still regularly crops up sending me queries and problems! Is there any escape??!!
May be, one day, there will be another organism that takes my fancy, but for now I am happy!