Dr. Günter Brader studied biology at the University of Vienna and obtained his PhD in plant biology 1997. After gaining post doc experience in the field of molecular biology and plant-microbe interactions at the Institute of Biotechnology and the Department of Genetics of the University of Helsinki, Finland, he was appointed to be Docent in Plant Molecular Biology by the Helsinki University. He is now senior scientist at the Austrian Institute of Technology. Günter Brader is author of >60 peer reviewed publications and an h-index of 36. The research interests of Günter Brader are in the field of plant-microbe interactions, the role of secondary metabolites and in understanding and characterizing plant diseases. His work also focusses on the genome characterization, genome comparison, safety aspects and exploitation of beneficial bacteria for agricultural and horticultural applications with bacteria as biostimulant and biocontrol agents and the description of the underlying mechanisms.