As scientists, it is our responsibility not only to present our work clearly, but to connect broadly by sparking imagination and enthusiasm for
inquiry and understanding. To do this, science communication must engage both cognitively and emotionally. I try to make people think and feel good by creating visualization tools and information graphics that combine analytical clarity with an artistic dimension. Real science should look just like in movies.
During my work on cancer genomes, I created Circos, now a community standard for displaying information in this ﬁeld. More recently, I introduced a method for rationally visualizing networks using hive plots.
My information graphics have appeared in the New York Times, Wired, Conde Nast Portfolio, and on covers of books and scientiﬁc
journals, like PNAS, EMBO Journal and American Scientist.
I am a former owner of the world’s most popular rat.