Douwe van Sinderen holds an MSc degree in Biochemistry and a PhD degree (1994) in Molecular Genetics (University of Groningen, The Netherlands). Since 1996 he has been an academic staff member of the School (formerly known as Department) of Microbiology, University College Cork, Ireland, where he currently holds a faculty position as Associate Professor. He is also a Principal Investigator of the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, which is a multi-institutional and cross-disciplinary research centre related to gut health and nutrition, funded by Science Foundation Ireland. Research interests include the comparative genomics and molecular biology of bacteriophages infecting lactic acid bacteria, in particular Lactococcus lactis and Streptococcus thermophilus. Furthermore, a significant part of his research activities is dedicated to investigations into comparative and functional genomics of bifidobacteria, which represent common gut commensals of mammals with many reported health benefits. He has been principal investigator and/or co-ordinator of various EU funded projects, as well as projects funded through various national and international funding agencies, and several industries, and has served on various national advisory boards. He is a co-author of over 250 peer-reviewed papers (h-index = 45), 15 book chapters, editor of 2 books and listed as an inventor of 6 patents.