Basilis Gidas received his B.Sc. from the National Technical University of Athens Greece. He has an M.A. degree in Mathematics, M.S. degree in Physics, and Ph.D. degree in Mathematical Physics, all from the University of Michigan. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Before he joined the Faculty at Brown, he held appointments at Rockefeller University and the Institute for Advanced Studies (Princeton). In the past, he has made contributions in Mathematical Physics (quantum field theory) and in partial differential equations/differential geometry. He has worked in Computer Vision, Speech Recognition, Nonparametric Statistics, and, since the early 2000's, in Computational Molecular Biology. He has served on the National Research Council Advisory Panel for "Spatial Statistics and Image Processing", and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Imaging Science and Technology.