Willem M. de Vos is Professor of Microbiology at Wageningen University & Finland Academy Professor at Helsinki University. He supervised over 90 PhD students & published over 500 peer-reviewed publications. His research aims to understand & exploit microbes using molecular, (meta)genomics & systems approaches. His current interest is focused on the human intestinal tract. He received various prizes, including the Rhone Poulenc Dairy Science Award, the NWO Spinoza Award & an ERC Advanced Grant.