Trained in biochemistry, bio-organic chemistry and protein chemistry at ETH Zurich and at the universities of Basel and Cambridge (U.K.), Stéphane Vuilleumier is now a microbiologist, professor at the University of Strasbourg, and
leader of the CNRS team "Adaptations et interactions microbiennes dans l'environnement" (UMR 7156). He researches bacteria which feed on pollutants, and their applications in environmental cleanup.