Joseph F. Petrosino, Ph.D., is Professor and chairman of the department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He holds joint appointments in the Human Genome Sequencing Center, the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, and the Department of Ophthalmology. He is also the director of the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research at Baylor College of Medicine, which has pursued over 400 metagenomics projects in humans and in model systems, and has led to more than more than 200 authored/co-authored original papers. Dr. Petrosino was a Principal Investigator for the National Institutes of Health-funded Human Microbiome Project (HMP) and he was named an American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer for 2012-2014. In 2013, he founded Diversigen, which delivers end to end microbiome analytic services for the commercial and pharmaceutical arenas.