Cristian Varela is a Senior Research Microbiologist at the AWRI. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the Catholic University of Chile where he also completed a Master degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Bioprocesses. He has research work in Chile, South Africa, France and Canada, where he spent 4 months in 2015 thanks to an Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Government. Cristian is a member of the editorial boards of three peer-review journals: Applied and Environmental Microbiology; Food Microbiology and International Journal of Food Microbiology. At the AWRI he is part of the oxygen project, the Brettanomyces project and the regional microbes project. His main research interests to understand yeast metabolic networks and the interaction between gene expression, protein levels and metabolite concentrations. Expertise includes areas such as Microbiology, Bioprocess Engineering and Systems Biology.