Bernd Zechmann is the director of the Center for Microscopy and Imaging at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He earned his PhD degree in biology at the University of Graz in Austria in 2003 where he worked as associate professor at the Institute of Plant Sciences before he joined Baylor University in summer 2014. As a post doc he spent several years at different research institutes and universities such as the University of Oklahoma (USA), University of Fribourg (Switzerland), John Innes Centre (UK) and Technical University of Graz (Austria). His main research interests are the investigations of 2 and 3 dimensional ultrastructural changes in different organisms during abiotic and biotic stress conditions by electron and light microscopy. Additionally, he is interested in developing new methods of sample preparation for light and electron microscopy and in the compartment specific importance of antioxidants and reactive oxygen species during the response of organisms (plants, bacteria, human pathogens) against environmental stress.