John Rhodes is an international expert in immunology and immunotherapeutic drug discovery. He was educated at the Cambridge Grammar School and University College London. After graduating in zoology he held research fellowships at the US National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC, and the University of Cambridge before joining the Wellcome Foundation in London. From 2001 to 2007 he was director of strategy in immunology at GlaxoSmithKline, a leading multinational healthcare company. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, has served on UK government international vaccine missions and published numerous articles in leading journals such as Nature, Science and the Lancet. His interests centre on the importance of storytelling in scientific discovery and the origins of curiosity, imagination and creativity. Married with two daughters, he lives and works in Cambridge, UK.