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Kevin Verstrepen is professor in Genetics and Genomics at Leuven University and Group Leader in Systems Biology at VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology). He serves as the director of the VIB Center for Microbiology, director of the Leuven Institute for Beer Research and as Honorary Professor at Nottingham University. Verstrepen obtained a MSc and PhD in bio-engineering from KU Leuven. He served as a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Gerald Fink at M.I.T and then started his own lab at Harvard University. In 2009, he moved his team back to Leuven University as the chair of the VIB Center for Microbiology. Verstrepen's research focuses on the physiology, genetics and genomics of yeasts, and apart from basic research, the team also generates superior industrial yeasts in collaboration with various industrial partners.
Read the interview with Professor Kevin Verstrepen here.