Torsten holds a MSc (1996) from the University of Bonn (Germany) and a PhD (2001) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He has been a Fellow of the American-Australian Association (2005), an ARC PostDoctoral Fellowship (2006-2009), a Senior Lecturer (2009-2012), an Associate Professor (2013-) and an ARC Future Fellow (2015-) at the School of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences (BABS) and the Centre of Marine Bio-Innovation (CMB) at UNSW. In 2016 he became the Director of the CMB and was appointed Full Professor in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) at UNSW in 2017. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers in the broad area of environmental microbiology and microbial ecology. His current research interest cover the interactions (symbiosis/disease) between bacteria and marine invertebrates and macroalgae, the evolution of microbial populations and communities and the impact of biochar on microbial process in soil.