Ashraful Haque never really wanted to be a scientist. He prefers electric guitars, but they don’t pay the rent. Instead, he completed a Bachelors degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, UK in 1997. He then went travelling around his parents’ native country, Bangladesh for 1 year, before doing a PhD in diarrhoea (no jokes, please) at Imperial College, London. He then got his first job at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, studying how our bodies respond to bacterial infections. In 2006, he moved to Australia to study how malaria-causing parasites hijack the body’s immune system. His work in discovering new ways to combat malaria has been funded by the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council since 2010.