Paul Flicek leads the Vertebrate Genomics Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute. Paul graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, with a BS (Magna Cum Laude) in Physics. At Washington University in St Louis, USA, he earned a Doctor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering in addition to an MSc in Computer Science. Paul then moved to the UK to undertake post-doctoral research at the EBI before accepting a team leader position in 2008. His research is focused on computational models for genome annotation and evolution based on models incorporating DNA-protein interactions, epigenetic modifications, and the DNA sequence itself.