Prof. Ameur CHERIF graduated in Natural Sciences (1995) and later obtained his PhD degree in Microbiology at the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (FST), University of Tunis El Manar in 2001. He is the head of a research laboratory 'Biotechnology and Bio-Geo Resources valorization” at the University of Manouba. His research activities focuses on: (i) Phylogeny and ecology of extremophilic microbes; (ii) Microbial ecology of symbionts, commensal and pathogen microbiota in different hosts, (iii) biotechnological applications of active biomolecules, plant growth promotion and bioremediation. He participated in European Cost Action FA 0701, partner member in several EU FP7, Tempus, Erasmus, H2020 and bilateral projects, and serves on various review and editorial committees. Prof. Cherif has published over 80 peer reviewed articles and book chapters (h-index 21, Scopus, May 2018).