Dr. Cadillo-Quiroz (https://sols.asu.edu/people/hinsby-cadillo-quiroz) is a microbiologist with broad expertise in ecological and evolutionary studies of methane-producing Archaea and associated Bacteria. He was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree and professional title in microbiology with honors from the School of Biological Sciences at San Marcos National University in Lima, Peru. He completed his doctoral degree in microbiology from Cornell University. His research focuses on the ecology, physiology, genomics and evolution of novel methane-producing Archaea inhabiting acidic and circumneutral wetlands storing high levels of organic carbon (peatlands). Specifically, he seeks to identify genetic traits that structure archaeal and bacterial communities and genes or genomic regions unique to these species. In addition, his work assesses the impact of microbial diversity in ecosystem functioning in several environments, and mathematically models rates of ecosystem processes in which these organisms are involved. Prior to his appointment at ASU, Dr. Cadillo-Quiroz was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oregon Institute of Ecology and Evolution where he studied the variability of methane production in anaerobic ecosystems. Prior, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois Department of Microbiology where his work focused on the genomics and evolutionary trajectory of populations of the Archaea Sulfolobus islandicus. He has published in Nature, Environmental Microbiology, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, PLoS ONE and other journals. In addition, he is part of multiple interdisciplinary graduate programs at ASU including Biological Design, Environmental Life Sciences, and Molecular and Cellular Biology. His new lab actively seeks to engage underrepresented minority students and Dr. Cadillo-Quiroz is a steering member of several undergraduate research initiatives including REPU (Research Experience for Peruvian Undergraduates).