Oncology & Cellular Immunology

Dr Tobias Bald

Team Head

Cancer is one of the most deadly diseases, highlighting the importance to develop novel therapeutics to improve the survival of patients. A new and very promising approach is cancer immunotherapy. Immune checkpoint blocking antibodies are achieving remarkable responses in a fraction of cancer patients across several tumour types. However, many patients do not respond or acquire resistance.

The Oncology and Cellular Immunology Laboratory is particularly interested in how innate immune cells contribute to resistance to current immunotherapies. Its team aims to understand the cellular and molecular mechanism to identify novel targets. For this, genetically engineered and transplantable mouse models of cancer, state-of-the art flow cytometry, imaging as well as next generation sequencing techniques are commonly used.


  • phenotypic plasticity of Neutrophils in infection and cancer
  • interaction between innate lymphoid cells and neutrophils in cancer
  • targeting immune suppressive neutrophils to improve cancer immunotherapy
  • phenotypic plasticity of innate lymphoid cells

Internal Collaborators

External Collaborators

  • Professor Lukas Flatz, Institute of Immunobiology, Kantonsspital, St Gallen
  • Professor Michael Holzel, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Bonn Germany
  • Professor Thomas Tueting, Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany
  • Professor Dirk Schadendorf, University Hospital Essen, Germany
  • Professor Christoffer Gebhardt, University Hospital Hamburg, Germany
  • Professor Massimiliano Mazzone, VIB, Leuven, Belgium
  • Professor Wolfgang Kastenmueller, Max Planck Institute for Systems Immunology, Wuerzburg, Germany
  • Professor Georgina Long, Melanoma Institute Australia
  • Professor Richard Scoyler, Melanoma Institute Australia
  • Prof Shain Naik, Walter and Elizabeth Hall Institute
  • Dr Markus Hofer, University of Sydney
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (Project Grant, Fellowship)
  • QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO)