Dr. Paul Boutros (BSc Co-op Chemistry ’04) pursued his undergraduate education at the University of Waterloo in Chemistry, with co-op training ranging from water-purification to petrochemicals. But he found his true calling during a work term at Michigan State University developing computer models of drug response. His undergraduate thesis on modeling DNA damage received first place at the National Undergraduate Chemistry Conference. In 2004, he started a PhD at the Ontario Cancer Institute, where he received the CIHR/Next Generation First Prize and an Invitrogen Canada Young Investigator Silver Award. He received his PhD in 2008 and started his independent research career at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, where he remains today. Dr. Boutros co-leads the Canadian Prostate Cancer Genome Network and leads an international consortium optimizing algorithms for genomic data analysis. He is a Terry Fox Research Institute New Investigator, and has been named Prostate Cancer Canada Rising Star in Prostate Cancer Research.