Please note that I will be on parental leave until September 2022!

I’m Shirin (Elsinghorst, born Glander), a biologist turned bioinformatician turned data scientist. During my PhD and Postdoc I worked with Next Generation Sequencing data. However, I then chose to become a data scientist for a German IT company, called codecentric. In this capacity, I have been working on many different projects, e.g. building fraud detection models, creating a chatbot, implementing predictive maintenance, and more. My preferred tool for data analysis has been R but I also work with Python. I am also very passionate about teaching and sharing knowledge, so I give workshops, talk at conferences or meetups, write blog posts and organize the MünsteR R-users group on

My journey to Data Science

I teach a Data Camp course on hyperparameter tuning with R (UPDATE: Before you take this course please consider the info about the sexual harrassment scandal surrounding DataCamp!) and I’m on the program committee of the Minds Mastering Machines M3 conference.

Since summer 2019, I am also mom of a precious boy, who is not leaving me much time to persue coding at the moment. ;-)

I love dancing and used to do competitive ballroom and latin dancing. Even though I don’t have time for that anymore, I still enjoy teaching “social dances”.

I created the R package exprAnalysis, designed to streamline my RNA-seq data analysis pipeline. It is available via Github. Instructions for installation and usage can be found here; however, the package is not being actively maintained any longer.

This blog will showcase some of the analyses I have been doing with different data sets (all freely available). I will also host teaching materials for students to access in conjunction with R courses I am giving.

If you have been enjoying my content and would like to help me be able to create more, please consider sending me a donation at Thank you! :-)

Contact me:

Because I have been getting more emails with questions and requests for help than I can answer, you can now book 15-minute time-slots with me. I will offer one 15-minute-slot per day on a first-come-first-serve basis. These 15 minutes will be free of charge but any help you might require beyond that, will have to be billed (details to be discussed in person).

Please note that I will be on parental leave until September 2022!

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