Víctor de Lorenzo (Madrid, 1957) is a Chemist by training and he holds a position of Research Professor in the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), where he currently heads the Laboratory of Environmental Synthetic Biology at the National Center for Biotechnology in Madrid. He specializes in Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering of soil microorganisms (particularly Pseudomonas putida) as agents for the decontamination of sites damaged by anthropogenic emissions. At present, his work explores the interface between Synthetic Biology and global-scale Environmental Biotechnology and development of tools to foster such an interface. He is a member of the EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) and the American and European Academies of Microbiology, and he has co-chaired with Anne Glover the President's Science and Technology Council of the EC during the Barroso Administration. He has published over 400 articles in scientific journals and specialized books (https://goo.gl/M4sA5N) and he has served as advisor of different international panels.