Matthias E. Futschik has studied physics and philosophy at the Eberhardt-Karls-University (Tübingen, Germany), Brown University (RI, USA), and Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany). He has become fascinated with biological systems while working on his M.S. thesis in photobiophysics. For his Ph.D. degree, he switched to the rapidly expanding field of bioinformatics and worked on the analysis of gene expression data from microarray technology at the University of Otago, New Zealand. In parallel, he worked in a start company Pacific Edge Biotechnology, where they aimed to identify molecular makers for early prognosis of cancer. Between 2004 and 2008, he held an assistant professorship at the Institute of Theoretical Biology, Humboldt-University. His research comprises the study of complex molecular systems in various organisms. At present, he is a Research Group Leader in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal. Currently, he is working on the reconstruction of transcriptional regulatory networks in cyanobacteria, the utilization of protein interaction maps to decipher human diseases, and the analysis of expression patterns during stem cell differentiation. An overview of his research activities can be found at http://www.sysbiolab.eu.
Biography Updated on 22 January 2012