Pr Jacques Mahillon graduated as Master in Bioscience Engineering (1980) from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain), where he got his Ph.D. in 1987. After a postdoc in Molecular Biology (1989-1992) at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA), he joined the Belgian FNRS as Research Associate (1991-2002) and was appointed Associate Professor at UCLouvain in 2000. He is currently heading the Laboratory of Food and Environmental Microbiology, which comprises ca. 20 members. He is/was the supervisor of 40 Ph.D. theses, and was jury member of 74 other theses. Pr Mahillon is (co-)author of ca. 160 peer-reviewed papers and nine book chapters. He is member of the American Society for Microbiology, the Belgian Society for Microbiology, and the Belgian Society for Food Microbiology (Chairman since 2016). Pr Mahillon was Dean of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, where he is teaching Microbiology, Genetics, Food Microbiology and Biotechnology.