Arcadi got a PhD in Biology at the UAB. After quitting the academic world for a few years, he went back to basic research as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He entered the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in 2002 and was appointed ICREA Research Professor in 2006. Between 2008-13 he was vice-director of the Institute for Evolutionary Biology (IBE), an institute jointly formed by the UPF and the CSIC. Currently he is Professor of Genetics at the UPF, where he leads a research group in Evolutionary Genomics within the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences. He directed that Department between 2013 and 2016, a time during which he also engaged in a collaboration with the CRG to deploy the European Genome-Phenome Archive in Barcelona, with the participation of the EMBL/EBI and the BSC. Right after that, he left ICREA for a while to become Secretary for Universities and Research at the Generalitat de Catalunya. He is happy to be back.