Stanley Brul (1964) was trained as Biochemist and graduated “cum laude” in 1986. In 1991 he obtained a PhD at the AMC in Amsterdam in the area of genetic and biochemical aspects of peroxisome biogenesis. He went in 1990 as a post-doctoral fellow to Nijmegen University (Microbiology and Evolutionary Biology) and obtained an NWO (NATO) TALENT Stipendium to work on the biogenesis of hydrogenosomes. During that time he also spent a few months at the Rockefeller University in New York. In 1994 Stanley moved to Unilever R & D to work on microbial physiology and in 2002 to the University of Amsterdam as full professor of Molecular Biology & Microbial Food Safety (MBMFS) where he is since 2007 the director of the educational program in Bio-medical Sciences. His research focuses on microbial stress response including in particular the molecular physiology of bacterial spores, antibiotic resistance development and the identification of new antibiotic targets.