Professor Tim Stinear is a molecular microbiologist, research-teaching academic, and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. He leads a team of scientists focused on understanding how certain types of bacteria spread and cause disease. Tim did his PhD at Monash University in 2001, followed by a three-year postdoctoral period at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. During this time, Tim determined the first complete genome sequence (the genetic blueprint) for Mycobacterium ulcerans – a bacterium that causes a very serious ulcerative skin infection called Buruli ulcer. Since then, he has been at the forefront of implementing genomic approaches to study bacterial pathogens.