Dr. Victor J. Torres was born in Puerto Rico and received his B.S. degree in Industrial Microbiology in 2000 from the University of Puerto Rico campus. He then moved to the United States and received a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2004 and completed his post-doctoral training, also at Vanderbilt, in 2008. During his pre- and post-doctoral training Dr. Torres received several fellowships and awards including NIH-NRSA fellowships, the Collier Award for Outstanding Research at the Gordon Conference on Microbial Toxins and Pathogenicity, and the Sidney P. Colowick Award for outstanding research achievements in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt. In 2008 Dr. Torres joined the faculty in the Department of Microbiology at NYU School of Medicine, where he is currently an assistant professor. His research program combines techniques from bacteriology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and immunology to ascertain how bacteria subvert host defenses. His current research focuses on how S. aureus adapts to environments encountered in the host to manipulate the immune system and promote infection. Dr. Torres’ research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the American Heart Association, and NYU. He has co-authored over 40 scientific publications and is member of the American Society for Microbiology.