Vasco Azevedo, graduated from veterinary school, the Federal University of Bahia in 1986. He obtained his Master (1989) and Ph.D. (1993) degree in microbial genetics, at Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon (INAPG) and Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France. He did a Post-doctorate in Microbiology Department of Medicine School in 1994, University of Pennsylvania. USA. Since, 1995, he has been a Professor of Federal University of Minas Gerais. He is fellow of Brazilian Academy of Sciences. His entire research publications 370, 3 books and chapters-29. Professor Azevedo is a pioneer of the genetics of Lactic Acid Bacteria and Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis in Brazil. He has specialized and currently researching on bacterial genetics, genome, transcriptome, proteome and metabolome, development of new vaccines and diagnostic against infectious diseases.