David S. Thaler (davidsthaler@gmail.com) researches and teaches genetics, microbiology and biotechnology at the Biozentrum, Center for Molecular Life Sciences, University of Basel, Switzerland. He has a broad interest in biological, technological, educational potentials. Recent projects have encompassed visual processing speed, genetic variation and evolution, precision public health, and genetic resources for food and agriculture.  In addition, he teaches an introductory course on experimental molecular biology. After decades of collaboration with members of PHE, David formally joined as a Guest Investigator in 2019.