Ivette Parera Olm is a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Microbiology (MIB) at Wageningen University and Research (WUR). After her BSc Biotechnology studies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), she took the MSc specialisation of Process Technology at WUR. Ivette completed her PhD at the MIB Lab under the supervision of Prof. Diana Z. Sousa, where she focused on the use of synthetic microbial communities applied to the fermentation of syngas (CO, H2, CO2). Ivette studied the physiology of acetogenic and chain-elongating bacteria and worked in close collaboration with colleagues of the Systems and Synthetic Biology Lab to develop multi-species genome-scale metabolic models to study syngas fermentation processes. Ivette’s interests are at the interface between microbiology and bioprocess engineering, with the ambition to continue learning and harnessing the vast potential of microbes.