Professor George Salmond is an eminent scientist in the field of molecular microbiology. His research covers bacterial virulence and chemical communication (quorum sensing); secondary metabolites (antibiotics and anti-cancer molecules); protein secretion systems, gas vesicles, anti-viral abortive infection, toxin-antitoxin systems, and bacteriophages in genetics and biotechnology. He joined the University of Cambridge in 1996 after previously teaching at Warwick University. Former professional activities include – Member, Scottish Science Advisory Council; Board Member, James Hutton Institute; Governor, John Innes Centre and the Scottish Crop Research Institute; President, British Society for Plant Pathology. He was also International Secretary and Member of Council of the Society for General Microbiology and the Federation of European Microbiological Societies.