Marcus received his BSc in Chemical Engineering & Physics and MSc in Bioinformatics at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. After a completed PhD on sequencing and comparative genomics of Lactobacillus species, he investigated the microbiota of aging as part of the ELDERMET project. Marcus is Principal Investigator at APC Microbiome Ireland, Programme Director of the MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at University College Cork, and Chair of the EU COST Action ML4Microbiome aiming to optimise the use of Machine Learning in microbiome science. With close to 20 years’ microbiome experience, his research interest includes the role of the microbiome in inflammatory bowel disease and associated methods development.