Michael Boutros is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, where he studies host-pathogen interactions using functional genomic approaches. Michael studied biochemistry at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany before he did his diploma thesis research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA. For his PhD at EMBL in Heidelberg, he worked on signal transduction processes using Drosophila as a model system to investigate how cells exchange information. During this time, he also served on the EMBLScience and Society Committee which has the mission to improve communication between the scientific community and the public. Following his interest in science policy, Michael completed a Master of Public Administration degree at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University where he studied science and technology policy.