Theodore Alexandrov received a PhD in mathematics in Russia in 2007 and did a postdoc at the University of Bremen, Germany, where he became a group leader at the Center for Industrial Mathematics and the head of MALDI Imaging Lab. In 2010-2015, he was a visiting researcher at University of California San Diego (UCSD), mainly at the Dorrestein lab, Skaggs School of Pharmacy. He is a co-founder and since 2012 the scientific director of the company SCiLS GmbH, Germany. Since 2014, he is a team leader at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, with a research program on spatial metabolomics and the head of the EMBL Metabolomics Core Facility. Since 2015 he is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, UCSD. He is also the coordinator of the European Horizon2020 project METASPACE aiming to create metabolite annotation engine for imaging mass spectrometry (2015-2018). The Alexandrov team at EMBL develops novel tools of computational biology that reveal spatial organization of metabolic processes by exploiting high-throughput metabolic imaging and by translating the generated big data into molecular knowledge.