Vanessa Marcelino graduated in biological sciences in 2010 in Rio Claro-SP, Brazil, where she worked on the phylogeography of frogs. She pursued an Erasmus Mundus master’s degree program from 2010 to 2012 in the Universities of Bremen, Paris 6 and Ghent with a dissertation on evolutionary dynamics of ecological niches in algae. In 2017, Vanessa completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne focusing on the microbiome of coral skeletons. Her current postdoctoral position has offered an excellent opportunity to continue investigating the functioning of microbiomes while addressing medically important questions. Vanessa joined the University of Sydney in 2017 to work with Prof. Tania Sorrell and Prof. Eddie Holmes on pathogen (meta)genomics. She has worked on antimicrobial resistance in the microbiome of wildlife using metatranscriptomics. Recently, her work has focused on developing methods to characterize the fungal members of microbiomes, and their interactions with bacteria.