Victor de Lorenzo heads the Laboratory of Environmental Molecular Microbiology at the National Center for Biotechnology, Spain. He specializes in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of soil bacteria (particularly Pseudomonas putida) as agents for the decontamination of sites damaged by industrial waste. In 2001 this work received the National Award King James I for Environmental Protection. He is the recipient of the GSK International Award of the American Society for Microbiology, and the Grand Prix of the French Academy of Sciences, and has co-chaired the EC President’s Science and Technology Council. His current work maps at the interface of Synthetic Biology with Environmental Biotechnology.