Paul Flicek is a Team Leader and Senior Scientist of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and leads the Vertebrate Genomics Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL’s Hinxton Outstation) near Cambridge, England. He is cluster leader for the collection of EBI resources focused on Genes, Genomes and Variation and in this role provides strategic leadership of the four faculty groups that provide all of EBI’s genomics and variation databases and resources. 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 the Doctor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering in addition to an MSc in Computer Science. He is currently joint head of the Ensembl project and also has leadership roles in data management activities for the 1000 Genomes Project, the International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC) and the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC).
Paul’s research is focused on comparative regulatory genomics and the evolution of transcriptional regulation. He is also interested in the large-scale infrastructure required for modern bioinformatics including storage and access methods for high throughput sequencing data. He has co-authored more than 80 scientific papers and played a role in a number of major international projects including ENCODE and the mouse, chicken, and gorilla genome projects.