Mrs Grazyna Lipowska-Bhalla MRes, PhD, SFAHE

Lecturer in Cancer Biology (T&S)

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Postdoctoral Researcher 

Lead for MRes Oncology Programme Lecture Series

Division of Cancer Sciences Research Staff Representative


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 love baking, the great outdoor, walking our labrador Dixie and running. 


Senior Fellow of Advance Higher Education (SFAHE)

PhD Cancer Immunology & Immunotherapy

MRes Funcional Genomics

MSc Chemistry and Biotechnology

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of Senior Management Team for Division of Cancer Sciences (Research Staff representative)

Research Staff Representative on Faculty Research Staff Forum

MRes Oncology Programme Committee Member

Member of Manchester Immuno-Oncology Group

British Society of Immunology

British Association for Cancer Research

European Association for Cancer Research

Sustainable Development Goals

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