Bernd Rehm is professor and chair of microbiology at the College of Sciences at Massey University, New Zealand. He earned his Ph.D. in microbiology from the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany, in 1993 and was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, from 1994 to 1996, and appointed as research group leader at the University of Münster, Germany, from 1996 to 2003. He has authored over 150 papers and is sole editor of 5 books while serving as editor and editorial board member for several journals. His research focuses on the biosynthesis and engineering of microbial polymers, such as e.g. polyhydroxyalkanoates and alginates, in various model host organisms.