A philosopher of science with a focus on biology and psychology, Paul was educated at Cambridge and the Australian National University, receiving his PhD in 1989.
He heads the Theory and Method in Bioscience project node of the Charles Perkins Centre, a major new initiative at Sydney focused on interdisciplinary research into obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
He served as Associate Academic Director for Humanities and Social Sciences while the Centre was being established, and continues to serve on the Executive Committee as Domain Leader for society and Environment.
Paul is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Scuence, the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Royal Society of NSW.
He was President of the International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology from 2011-2013 and from 2006 – 2012 he was member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee of NHMRC.