Pietro Stella is employed at EFSA, Unit on Biological Hazards and Contaminants (BIOCONTAM). He is Team leader a.i. of the Team on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ). Originally from Italy, he is a veterinarian, with an MSc on veterinary epidemiology and public health. He worked for some years as a practitioner and in the meat sector. He joined EFSA in 2007 and since then he provided support to the Panel on Biological Hazards, coordinating its working groups dealing with topics related to food safety, microbiological risk assessment, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies and antimicrobial resistance. He now coordinates the activities of the BIOHAZ Team and BIOHAZ Panel.