Dariusz Panka is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Plant Protection at Bydgoszcz University of Science and Technology, Poland. He obtained his PhD degree in 1999 and his Habilitation degree in 2013. He has completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, USA (2006) and Stanford University in California, USA. With over twenty years of experience, he is an analytical and detail-oriented Research Scientist. He has led research and teaching activities while also managing Research & Development & Innovation projects. He possesses excellent expertise in fostering collaboration between academia and business. His research primarily focuses on biological methods of plant protection, grass endophytes, mechanisms of increased plant resistance in symbiotic associations with fungal endobionts under stressful conditions, as well as the effects of non-thermal plasma on microorganisms in plant material and food.