I graduated in Chemistry and Biotechnology from the University of Gdansk (Poland) in 2000 and Functional Genomics from the University of York (UK) in 2005.
Before embarking on a PhD, I was working for several years with United Nations peacekeeping mission at Lebanese-Israeli border, first as an epidemiologist and hygiene officer in a field hospital and later as a medical communication officer in the mission headquarters.
I undertook my PhD at the University of Manchester between 2006-2010 under the supervision of Dr Dominic Rothwell and Dr David Gilham working on improvement of methodologies for engineering and use of chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) in T cell therapy of cancer. Following my PhD, I stayed in the same lab for a postdoctoral training focusing on engineering 5T4 and CA19-9 specific CARs.
In 2012 I joined Targeted Therapy Group led by Professor Tim Illidge to work on radiotherapy and immunotherapy of haematological malignancies. My research has focused on two major areas; improvement of efficacy of radiotherapy through combination with various immunomodulatory agents involving monoclonal antibodies and TLR agonists, and enhancing efficacy of anti-CD20 antibody therapy of B cell malignancies also through combination with different immunomodulatory agents.
Outside of my work, I’m married to Sonal and am a mom of two charming lads Alex and Kubus. I’m also budding personal development coach. In spare time, I enjoy meditation, playing tennis and learning violin.