Davide Bulgarelli obtained a PhD in Crop Sciences at the University of Milan before leaving his native Italy for Germany, to take a post-doctoral position at the Max Planck Institute of Cologne. This experience represented Davide’s first exposure to the plant microbiome, and it was “love at first sight”. In 2013 Davide secured a prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh personal fellowship and established his own research group at the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee (UK), where he is currently a Senior Lecturer and a Principal Investigator. Davide’s research is at interface of multiple disciplines, encompassing plant genetics, microbial ecology, and computational biology. The overarching ambition of Davide’s team is contributing to sustainable development by dissecting the genetic basis of plant-microbe interactions in soil and accelerating translational applications.