Dr Matthias Eberl is Reader in Infection & Immunity at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University (UK), and Engagement Lead of the newly created Systems Immunity Research Institute. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the British Society for Immunology. Dr Eberl obtained his PhD in 1998 and worked at the Universities of Giessen (Germany), York (UK) and Bern (Switzerland) before establishing his research group in Cardiff in 2007. His interests span basic, translational and clinical aspects of host-pathogen interactions, with a strong focus on peritoneal dialysis-related infections. Over the past years his team developed the concept of organism-specific ‘immune fingerprints’ that can be exploited for the development of novel diagnostic tests at the point of care.