David Papke graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2007 with a major in nuclear engineering and minor in mathematics. He earned his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Illinois in 2013 having conducted experimental and computational research into the biophysical properties of ion channels. After graduating from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, he decided to specialize in pathology because it presented an opportunity to apply his computational background to study of human disease at the tissue level. He is currently a Harvard Medical School clinical fellow and resident in pathology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he has conducted research applying tissue image analysis to diagnostic and prognostic problems in anatomic pathology. His editorials and original research have appeared in The Journal of Neuroscience, Modern Pathology and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.