From 2019 - 2022, David Blumenthal was a PostDoc at the Chair of Experimental Bioinformatics. His main focus was to apply techniques from combinatorial optimization and graph theory to address problems in network biology and systems medicine. He made important contributions to the field of epistasis detection, drug repurposing and disease module discovery. From 2007 to 2015, he studied Mathematics and Philosophy at FU Berlin and TU Berlin and received Master’s degrees in both disciplines. After that, he did a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. During his Ph.D., he developed new techniques for exactly and heuristically computing the graph edit distance, a widely used distance measure for comparing attributed combinatorial graphs.