Jack Pronk Professor of Biotechnology and MicrobiologyDelft Technical University, NetherlandsDr. Jack Pronk is a Professor of Biotechnology and Microbiology at Delft Technical Universityin the Netherlands. He is a principal investigator in the TU Delft's Industrial Microbiology section (IMB), where he works in the research areas of microbial physiology, microbial performance in industrial contexts and metabolic engineering with, currently, a research focus on yeasts. His specialization is microbial physiology, in which he tries to quantify, understand and improve microbial performance by cultivation and analysis of wild-type and engineered micro-organisms under controlled conditions Dr. Pronk is actively involved in the Leiden/Delft BSc/MSc programmes on Life Science & Technology. He serves as a member of the Board of Examiners for the Bachelor's of Science in Life Science and Technology. Dr. Pronk was one of the founders and, from 2002-2013, the Scientific and General Director of the Kluyver Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation, a public-private research initiative supported by the Netherlands Genomics Initiative (NGI). The Kluyver Centre performed fundamental, application-inspired genomics research on yeasts, lactic acid bacteria and filamentous fungi. Dr. Pronk earned his PhD in Microbiology from TU Delft and his MS in Biology from Leiden University.