Vitali Sintchenko is a senior medical microbiologist and a health informatician with expertise in molecular profiling of pathogens with epidemic potential and biosurveillance. He has made contributions to the understanding of temporal and spatial patterns of infectious diseases, the optimization of clinical decision-making and the adaptive methods of molecular microbial forensics. Dr Sintchenko has served on national advisory committees in microbiology and health informatics. He is a member of Australian Public Health Laboratory Network and was elected as a Fellow of the Australian College of health Informatics. He chaired the Scientific Organising Committee of the First World Congress on Pathology Informatics, organised by HISA and API in Brisbane in 2007. Vitali has over 100 publications and has received a range of prestigious awards including the NHMRC Career Development Award (2011-2014), Public Health Training Fellowship (2007-2010) and National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS) Fellowship (2005-2006).