Alexander Kel received his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology and Genetics in 1990. He studied biology and mathematics at Novosibirsk State University and obtained his M.S. in biology with special focus on mathematical biology in 1985. He worked for 15 years at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Russia (ICG) holding positions as a programmer, scientist, senior scientist and Vice-Head of the Laboratory of Theoretical Molecular Genetics. In 1995, he won the Academician Belaev Award. In 1999 he received an independent funding from the Volkswagen foundation and organized a Bioinformatics group at ICG. From 2000 to 2010, he has been the Senior Vice President Research & Development of BIOBASE GmbH, Wolfenbüttel, Germany. The scientific career of Dr. Kel includes numerous research stays in the USA (e.g. 1993: Supercomputer Center, Tallahassee; 1997: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; 1999, 2000: Cold Spring Harbor, NY), in Italy (1991, 1992: ITBA, Milan), and in Germany (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997-1998: GBF; 1997: MPI of Molecular Biology, Berlin). The research experience of Dr. Kel in Bioinformatics totals more than 20 years. During his career, he has worked in almost all branches of current bioinformatics including: theoretical models of molecular genetic information systems, sequence analysis, gene recognition, promoter analysis and prediction, analysis of protein secondary structure, prediction of RNA secondary structure, theory of mutation and recombination process, molecular evolution, databases and gene expression studies. Alexander Kel is the author of more than 90 scientific publications. He is also an author of several chapters in books on bioinformatics, tutorials and education materials.