I obtained my PhD from the University of Otago, New Zealand, PhD in Information Science. My focus was the development of new computational methods for microarray data analysis and their application in cancer research. During this time I invented several methods for data processing and analysis that were made publicly available on the R/Bioconductor platform. After working for some time in a spin-off company (Pacific Edge Biotech. Ltd) as senior bioinformatician, I returned to Berlin to take up a position as Assistant Professor at the Charité, Humboldt-University, where I became interested in the structure, function and regulation of molecular networks. In 2008, I moved to Faro,Portugal, to establish my own independent lab in the field of systems biology (SysBioLab, http://www.sysbiolab.eu ) at the University of Algarve, where we combine experimental and computational methods to elucidate complex processes in living organisms ranging from gene regulation in cyanobacteria to differentiation of stem cells. I aim to continue and expend these lines of investigations in my position as Professor in Bioinformatics at the Plymouth University.