Kostas Vavitsas, is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Athens, Greece. He is also community editor for PLOS Synbio and steering committee member of EUSynBioS. He received his PhD in Biotechnology/Synthetic Biology from the University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on the synthetic biology of photosynthetic microbes. As a writer he explores anything related to biotechnology, synthetic biology, their real life applications, and their social implications.