Jean-Karim Heriche was trained as an engineer and obtained a PhD in biology from Universite Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France for work carried out at the French Atomic Energy Commission. He did post-doctoral research on cell cycle control during Drosophila development at UCSF in the lab of Patrick O'Farrell. He then moved to Richard Durbin's group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute where he implemented bioinformatics tools and analysis methods for the MitoCheck project and also worked on Treefam. He is now in Jan Ellenberg's group at EMBL. His current interests include image-based systems biology, bioimage informatics, mitotic chromosome condensation, integration and mining of dynamic biological data, visualization of biological data and data management for public release of large data sets.