Marta Laranjo holds a Ph.D. in Biology, and is a senior researcher at MED - Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development (Food Science and Technology Group) CHANGE-Global Change and Sustainability Institute (Associate Laboratory), IIFA-Institute for Research and Advanced Training, and a professor at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, Sciences and Technology School, both at the University of Évora, Portugal. She is also the President of the UNIMED Subnetwork on Food & Water (UNIMED Office at the University of Évora). An expert on microbiology and molecular biology, her main interests include food microbiology, with a special emphasis on starter cultures and the dynamics of food microbiota. She has published several book chapters and numerous research papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Laranjo is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the ERASMUS+ FoSaMed-"Enhancing Food Safety in the Mediterranean" project and a COST-PIMENTO (CA20128) MC member and Science Communication Coordinator. She is also a book and journal editor and a frequent reviewer for several journals in the area of microbiology and molecular biology. Dr. Laranjo has supervised several Ph.D., Master's, and undergraduate students.