Dr. Eleftherios Touloupakis is a permanent researcher at the Research Institute on Terrestrial Ecosystems of the National Research Council, Florence-Italy. He holds a doctorate and a master's degree in chemistry from the University of Crete-Greece. He has 20 years of laboratory experience in the fields of biochemistry and plant biotechnology. From 2011 to 2013 he worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Crete-Greece. His research interest focuses on the development of technologies for the massive cultivation of photosynthetic microorganisms for applications in the renewable energy sector and bioplastics. Author of 37 scientific publications, 4 book chapters, and 1 patent.