Mihai Netea was born and studied medicine in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He completed his PhD at the Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, on studies investigating the cytokine network in sepsis. After working as a post-doc at the University of Colorado, he returned to Nijmegen where he finished his clinical training as an infectious diseases specialist, and where he currently heads the division of Experimental Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Nijmegen University Nijmegen Medical Center. His main research interests are sepsis and immunoparalysis, pattern recognition of fungal pathogens, primary immunodeficiencies in innate immune system, and the study of the memory traits of innate immunity. He is also involved in several projects on ancient DNA and understanding the evolution of the immune system. In his spare time he enjoys reading history and science fiction, while occasionally writing about the future. He lives with his wife and two children in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.