Juan is from Argentina. He earns a Ph.D. in microbial ecology (2017) from the Department of Science
and Technology at the National University of Quilmes (Argentina). His thesis focused on the impact of
agricultural management on soil biology, under the direction of Dr. Luis G. Wall. Following this, he joined
to “Instituto de Investigaciones en Biociencias Agricolas y Ambientales (INBA), University of Buenos
Aires@ (Argentina). This postdoctoral experience was focused on climate change, greenhouse gases
(GHG) emissions, and their relationship with microbial functional genes. In 2019, he joined the Soil and
Environmental Microbial Ecology Group (SEMEG) at North Carolina State University (USA). During two
years, he studied the impact of bio-fertilizer and plants types on soil microbiome and soil functions.
Additionally, he has participated in several projects in conjunction with Argentina universities and
institutes focused on conservative agricultural practices, soil microbiome, and soil health. He joined
Castrillo’s group at the University of Nottingham in October 2021. His project aims to investigate the
Plant-Microbe interactions and their impacts on plant health and nutrition.