Makis received his PhD in Statistics from the University of Bristol, UK in 2008. Since then he has been mainly working on statistical modelling of gene expression in various labs including the Bioinformatics Institute (Singapore) and Riken Yokohama (Japan). He likes sports, long road trips, photography, art films and classic literature. His favourite quote is "That’s not the point. The point is who will stop me" (The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand). He joined the Foo lab in July 2016 as a senior research fellow to continue his research on single cell transcriptional regulation and dynamics.