Michael J. Pucci, PhD, is Executive Director, Early Drug Discovery, at Spero Therapeutics in Cambridge, MA. He has previously held positions in antibacterial drug discovery at Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., and in R&D at Microlife Technics/Unilever. In addition to drug discovery, his research interests include microbial genomics, antibiotic resistance mechanisms, and novel antibacterial agents. He is an author on more than 80 publications and 17 patents. He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and currently serves on the ASM ICAAC Program Committee. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Microbial Drug Resistance, and the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. He has served on several NIH review panels including the Drug Discovery and Resistance (DDR) Study Section. Dr. Pucci received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Connecticut, his PhD in Microbiology from Temple University, and had post-doctoral training at Virginia Commonwealth University.