Paul is a native of the North East of England and since 2000 has followed a scientific career that has taken him on a slow migration south. He first studied Biochemistry at the University of York before pursuing an interest in structural biology, studying the dark arts of protein crystallography at the University of Birmingham. After completing his PhD he headed to the University of Cambridge to work as a postdoctoral scientist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. After almost four years working as a scientist in Cambridge he decided to finally hang up his pipettes and learn a new dark art – scientific editing. Paul joined the PLOS Medicine team as an Editorial Intern in 2011 and in addition to his editorial duties, he runs the Speaking of Medicine blog.