Daniel M Davis, PhD, is a Professor of Immunology at Manchester University and is currently the Director of Research in the Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research. Prior to this, he was the Head of the Immunology Section at Imperial College London in South Kensington. Davis pioneered the use of many imaging techniques to help visualize key molecular components of an immune response. His work has helped establish new concepts in how immune cells communicate with each other; especially the immune synapse and membrane nanotubes. Davis began studying the immune system at Harvard University with Jack Strominger at Harvard University, after obtaining a PhD in Physics at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. He has published well over 100 academic papers, including articles in Nature, Science and Scientific American, cited around 9000 times, and he became a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2011. He currently holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award. He is also the author of a popular-level science book ' The Compatibility Gene' (Penguin paperback, 2014) which was picked by Bill Bryson as a Guardian Book of the Year.