François Fages is Research Director at Inria Saclay Ile de France. He passed his Doctorate Thesis in 1983 on unification theory and automated deduction, and got a research position at CNRS, Ecole Normale Supérieure, where he worked on the theory and practice of rule-based programming, with also part-time assistant professorship at Ecole Polytechnique (1985-98) and part-time consultancy at Thomson-CSF/Thales group (1985-96). In 1999 he got a Research Director position at Inria and got interested in computational systems biology. He currently leads the LIFEWARE team, coordinates the development of the BIOCHAM modeling software for systems biology (http://lifeware.inria.fr/biocham), and collaborates with biologists on challenging questions in cell signaling, cell cycle, circadian clock control and biochemical reaction network design. He coordinates the Master course on “Computational methods for systems and synthetic biology” in Paris. In 2014, he received the Michel Monpetit prize from the French Academy of Sciences.