Professor Laura Steindler obtained her PhD degree from Tel Aviv University, Israel, on the topic of sponge-bacteria interactions. She then did a first post-doctoral fellowship on rhizosphere bacteria and the involvement of quorum sensing gene-regulation in plant-microbe interactions, in the laboratory of Dr. Venturi at ICGEB, Trieste. In her second post-doctorate, at the laboratory of Dr. Giovannoni (OSU, Oregon, USA) she worked on the marine SAR11 clade, which is the dominant marine bacterium, worldwide, and she deciphered, for the first time, the function of proteorhodopsin in these ecologically important microorganisms. In 2011 she started her own laboratory at University of Haifa, Israel, where she continues studying both sponge-microbe interactions as well as genomic adaptations of bacteria to nutrient deplete oceanic regions. Dr. Steindler is on the Editorial Board of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, and associate Editor in Frontiers in Microbiology. She is author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Steindler has widely advanced the field of microbial sponge symbiosis and is considered an expert on symbiont genomics and transcriptomics, where she applies cutting-edge next-generation sequencing approaches and advanced bioinformatics.