Khemngeun PONGMALA is a former student from the National University of Laos (Bachelor of Civil Engineering / Environnement), the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Toulouse (Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development), and the Ecole Polytechnique Montreal (Master’s degree in environmental engineering). Her research during her second master was on the transport of microbial contamination and wastewater micropollutant concentations in combined sewers overflows in Greater Montreal River Basin. Since then, she is a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Environmental Science of the National University of Laos. She just started her PhD at GET, within the M-TROPICS critical zone observatory, with the aim of characterizing the influence of land use, soil type, and microbial communities, on the presence and the dissemination of Burkholderia pseudomallei in soils and waters in Laos. Welcome Khem !