Alexander Schliep received his PhD degree in computer science from the Center for Applied Computer Science (ZAIK/ZPR) at the Universität zu Kön, Germany (2001), working in collaboration with the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group (T-10) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. From 2002-2009 he was the group leader of the Bioinformatics Algorithms Group in the Department for Computational Molecular Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin. In August 2009 he joined Rutgers University as an associate professor. The position is jointly between the Department of Computer Science and the BioMaPS Institute for Quantitative Biology. He is on the graduate faculty in Computer Science and the Program in Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics.