As a theoretical biologist and complex systems researcher I study the origin of life on Earth. I’m probably best known for arguing that the complexity of biological systems and organisms might result as much from self-organization and far-from-equilibrium dynamics as from Darwinian natural selection, as well as for applying models of Boolean networks to simplified genetic circuits. 

From 2004 to 2009 I held a joint appointment at the University of Calgary in Biological Sciences and Physics and Astronomy. I’m also an adjunct professor in the university’s Department of Philosophy, as well as being an iCORE (Informatics Research Circle of Excellence) chair and the director of the Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics.

Since 2009, I’ve been a Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) at Tampere University of Technology, Department of Signal Processing. And I’m a member of the University of Vermont faculty, where I work with the university’s Complex Systems Centre. In addition, I’m an advisor to the Microbes Mind Forum.