Olivier Thas studied bio-engineering at Ghent University and biostatistics at Hasselt University. He obtained his PhD from Ghent University on nonparametric statistics. After his postdoc he was tenured in 2004 as a professor of biostatistics at the Department of Data Analysis and Mathematical Modelling of Ghent University. In 2018 he moved to Hasselt University as a full time professor of biostatistics at the Data Science Institute (DSI), but he is still guest professor at Ghent University. He is also Honorary Professor at the National Institute for Applied Statistics Research Australia (NIASRA) of the University of Wollongong (Australia). He has worked on nonparametric and semiparametric statistical methods for the life sciences. His applied research is particularly targeted to genomics and high-throughput technologies (sequencing, qPCR, dPCR, microbiome studies,… ). He has published more than 120 papers and two monographs.