I hold Mexican, French and British nationalities and I am permanent resident of Sweden where I spend some of my time.
I was born in Mexico City, where I lived most of my first 26 years. When I was 8 years old I wanted to be a scientist and later also a writer, mostly drawn by experimentation, computers and fundamental science. When I turned 13 I became a computer salesman to be able to be close to digital computers (and to contribute to my family's income). My father wasn't able to buy me a personal computer until I was 16 (they were already popular among my friends) when he bought me a second-hand desktop computer (Acer) which I used to produce and sell computer animations with Autodesk Animator Pro (and later stolen). At 16 I was also the president of the first astronomical club of my high-school city which for 6 years was not Mexico City, a small association that has grown ever since.
After finishing my bachelor's degree in mathematics at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), I was hired by Wolfram Research, the world-leading company in mathematical and scientific software working directly with its CEO and renowned scientist Stephen Wolfram at his personal small think tank office in Boston in aspects of data science, computational linguistics and fast prototyping, introducing language functions to Mathematica and being part of the first (and then small) Wolfram|Alpha team, today the factual answering machine of Siri delivering answers around the world.
During my early PhD time I was an intern at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT in Boston, as part of the payload team for NASA's Mars Gravity Biosatellite project and a Visiting Scholar at the Departments of Philosophy and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, U.S.
While living in the U.S., I decided to continue my Masters in Paris where I had travelled there three times before both as a kid and as a teen due to my father's job (flight attendant) and my own job as a co-founder of a successful e-billing telco company. I graduated from Lille and the Sorbonne with a Masters and two PhDs (Theoretical Computer Science, and Philosophy and Epistemology) and was given the French nationality based on academic merit.
During my time in Paris I had the chance to live two years at the Swiss Foundation in a Le Corbusier designed building before becoming a germanopratin living by the Odeon cinema for three years where I used to spend my time watching French films in the Quartier Latin while I was writing my thesis.
While finishing my first PhD I was chosen for a position and brought to the UK by the University of Sheffield as a postdoctoral researcher. Later, I was awarded a distinguished John Templeton grant and joined the University of Oxford as a Senior Researcher and faculty member at the Department of Computer Science which has consistently been ranked among the top in the world and first in Europe and the UK. I was elected member of the London Mathematical Society and given British citizenship soon after.
While in the UK, I joined a computational biology group in Stockholm at the Karolinska Institute, the institution that awards one of the Nobel Prizes in science, where I started and co-founded a small lab after being the recipient of a prestigious and very generous grant by the national research council of Sweden undertaking cutting-edge research on ways to use and develop fundamental science and core mathematics to better understand the behaviour and reprogram human cells. I thus divide most of my time between my homes in Sweden and the UK where I live with my wife travelling between London and Stockholm almost every month, sometimes even with our cat.
I still wear many hats, from being associated to KAUST in Saudi Arabia where I serve as research consultant to leading a journal in the U.S. I keep strong ties with all the countries where I have lived before.
I also enjoy taking pictures and cooking. I have taken cooking courses in various places, including Paris (Cordon Bleu), Tokyo (Yuka Mazda and Buddha Bellies Cooking Schools), in Oxford (Raymond Blanc Cookery School) and in London (Le Cordon Bleu), including an Award in Wines (WSET 1) from Gastronomica, and the Brookes Cookery and Wine School in Oxford.