Richard de Boer teaches Molecular Biology and Immunology Lab at AUC. He studied Life Sciences at the Hogeschool Utrecht after which he graduated at the University of Amsterdam with a Masters in Medical biology. He now works as a teacher and research technician in the Molecular Biology and Microbial Food Safety group at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences and is finishing his thesis on the use of C. elegans as a model system to study the side effects of anti-retroviral drugs. His main research focus at the moment is the role of pH in the physiology and molecular mechanisms of thermally stressed endospores growing out under weak-organic acid preservative stress. These spores from the aerobic spore former Bacillus subtilis are of prime importance to the food industry due to their high stress resistance.