Professor Michael Stumpf is Chair of Theoretical Systems Biology and works on a range of topics in theoretical and statistical systems biology, systems medicine, statistical bioinformatics, dynamical systems and networks, and evolutionary theory. His main interests are all related to reverse engineering the structure, dynamics and evolutionary history of biological systems. He studied theoretical physics in Tübingen, Göttingen and Oxford and completed a DPhil in Statistical Physics in Oxford in 1999. He spent three years as a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow in Mathematical Biology in the Department of Zoology in Oxford and since October 2003 he has been based at the Centre for Bioinformatics at Imperial College London. He is involved in numerous committees and in 2009 was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.