Trevor C. Charles, Ph.D. is a bacterial geneticist with a research program in plant-microbe interactions, functional metagenomics, and bacterial genome engineering for bioproducts. Following B.Sc. Microbiology at University of British Columbia, he obtained his Ph.D. in Turlough Finan’s lab at McMaster University (symbiotic nitrogen fixation) and did postdoctoral work in Gene Nester’s lab at University of Washington (Agrobacterium). He held a faculty position at McGill University before moving to his current position at University of Waterloo in 1998, where he is now Professor, and Director of Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research. He has developed, with his team, a wide-ranging research program with current activity in the following areas: 1. Transcriptional regulation control in Sinorhizobium meliloti, the bacterial nitrogen fixing symbiont, with a focus on a regulatory system that is required for root nodule development. 2. Genome engineering of methanotrophic bacteria. 3. Bacterial production of novel bioplastics. 4. Beneficial endophytic bacteria in controlled environment agriculture. 5. Bacterial degradation of the herbicide glyphosate. He is also co-founder and CSO of the company Metagenom Bio, which applies metagenomic and microbial community analysis to challenges in the agriculture and environment sectors.