Mrs Grazyna Lipowska-BhallaPhD MRes MSc

Research Associate

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Biography

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.

Qualifications

PhD Cancer Immunology

MRes Funcional Genomics

MSc Chemistry and Biotechnology

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Society of Immunology

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

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