Marta Laranjo, PhD, is a Senior Researcher at MED-Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development (Food Science and Technology Group), Universidade de Évora, Portugal. She is also the Executive Director of the UNIMED Subnetwork on Food & Water (UNIMED Office at the Universidade de 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. With an h-index of 17, she has published 41 papers in international peer-review journals, and 9 book chapters. She has supervised a number of PhD, Master and undergraduate students.