Philipp Fleig studied Physics at Imperial College, London, where he obtained his master’s degree in 2010. He completed his Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam in high-energy Theoretical Physics (String Theory). He joined the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in Paris as a Postdoctoral Fellow for two years, where he continued his work on the intersection between String Theory and pure mathematics. He then joined the BPM group in the fall of 2016 with the interest of employing information theory to understand biological systems. One particular question driving his research is to understand in detail how the flow of information in an organism is fundamental to its design. He subsequently joined the group of Vijay Balasubramanian at the University of Pennsylvania.