Meet the Team - Hansol
Hansol Lee is a current PhD
“I was looking for a Masters’ project on the University of Sydney website and I wanted to get involved in research focusing on patient therapy. I either wanted to go into infectious diseases or cancer
He stumbled across MIA Co-Medical Directors Professor Richard Scolyer and Professor Georgina Long’s research portfolio on The University of Sydney website and loved what they were doing.
“They seemed so passionate about their job and it was incredible to see how their work ultimately helps people. The project that they were offering was exactly what I was looking for.”
Hansol is interested in looking at the immune system in response
“I originally only planned to do a Master of Philosophy and finish in one year, but I loved the opportunities that this research group gave me especially
Hansol converted his Master's into a PhD in October 2016.
With the guidance of his supervisors
Hansol noticed that the data in melanoma research
“I find it interesting that the eradication of cancer involves such an intricate interplay between so many cells. Since there isn’t much research on this
Hansol presented some of his research at the Society for Melanoma Research Congress in Manchester last year. He found that patients who responded to anti-PD-1 immunotherapy had higher populations of an adaptive immune cell, NK cells, within their
He also showed that using anti-PD-1 immunotherapy increased the function of the NK cells, resulting in them destroying more melanoma cells. This greater understanding of the link between NK immune cells and immunotherapy response will assist researchers in further
This year, he attended the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress in Barcelona, where he presented a poster. He discussed how macrophages,
He found that patients who responded to treatment had more macrophages within their tumour before they began treatment, and a higher amount of a particular subset of macrophages
He is hoping to finish his PhD by March next year.
“It will be a lot of hard work to get there but I think I will
Ultimately, Hansol wants to become a doctor.
“I have a few options that I am considering if I don’t start studying medicine as soon as my PhD is complete. One is working as a post-doctoral researcher somewhere abroad or even here at MIA.”
If not, Hansol might join the police force.
Regardless of the route I take, my