András Falus was born in 1947 in Budapest, Hungary and is a professor emeritus of Budapest’s Semmelweis University and a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His primary field of study is immunogenomics, allergy and onco-genomics. Most recently, his research has focused on histamine-related immunoregulation, non-coding DNA (e.g. microRNA) and microvesicles, a newly recognised form of intercellular communication. He has written and edited nine books and published over 300 research papers with more than 3 500 citations. Dr Falus is the former president of the Hungarian Society for Immunology. Dr Falus was a fellow at Odense University from 1980 to 1981, a professor at Harvard Medical School from 1984 to 1986 and a visiting professor at Osaka University in 1989.