Colin Hill has a Ph.D in Molecular Microbiology and is Professor of Microbial Food Safety in the Microbiology Department of University College Cork, Ireland. He is also a Principal Investigator in both the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC), a multidisciplinary research centre focusing on the role of gut microbiota in health and disease and the National Functional Food Research Centre, a multi-Institutional Centre engaged in identifying bioactive components for use in functional foods. His main interests are in infectious disease, particularly in defining the mechanisms of virulence of foodborne pathogens and in developing strategies to prevent and limit the consequences of microbial infections in the gastrointestinal tract. He has published more than 220 peer-reviewed papers and holds 11 patents in this area. He has also served on the Scientific Committee of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland for many years. In 2005 Prof. Hill was awarded a D.Sc by the National University of Ireland in recognition of his contributions to research.