Peter Kuhnert obtained his PhD at the University of Bern where he currently works at the Vetsuisse Faculty. His research in bacteriology focuses on virulence, molecular epidemiology, phylogeny and taxonomy. It includes e.g. genotyping of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, source attribution of Campylobacter, pathotyping of E. coli and more recently studies on Dichelobacter nodosus involved in ovine footrot. His work on Pasteurellaceae comprises taxonomy of a broad range of representatives of the family and he initiated or contributed to the description of several new genera. He is also secretary of the Subcommittee on the taxonomy of Pasteurellaceae. A long standing interest is in RTX toxins of Pasteurellaceae and host-pathogen interaction including description of new RTX toxins and their effect on host cells. Finally, his research also contributed to improved diagnostics, phenotypic as well as genotypic and recently also MALDI-TOF based identification of Pasteurellaceae.