Manel Camps is Professor in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at UC Santa Cruz. His research program focuses on the evolution of new biochemical activities, both at the level of single proteins (DNA repair and antibiotic resistance genes) and of bacterial genomes (plasmids, toxin-antitoxins). His training includes a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine degree (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 1993), a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology (Stanford University, 2001), and six years of postdoctoral training in directed evolution and cancer mutagenesis with Dr. Lawrence A. Loeb at the University of Washington. He joined the Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at UCSC in 2007. In 2014, he became Provost of Crown College, where he oversaw the development of a new educational program in I&E with the generous support of Crown alumni and of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation. This program includes service-learning opportunities, established through a partnership with GetVirtual. In July 2021, he was appointed Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development (CIED) to continue to grow I&E educational programs and to support the growth of a dynamic and sustainable entrepreneurship community on campus in partnership with the Innovation and Business Engagement Hub and other stakeholders on the UCSC campus.