Irina Grigorieva is Professor of Physics at the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Manchester. She received her PhD in 1989 from the Institute of Solid State Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences and subsequently worked in leading physics laboratories in the UK (University of Bristol), Netherlands (University of Nijmegen) and Belgium (University of Leuven). She joined the University of Manchester in 2001. Grigorieva is an expert in mesoscopic physics and nanotechnology, having worked in several research fields, including mesoscopic superconductivity, physics, chemistry and technology of two-dimensional (atomically thin) crystals and their heterostructures, as well as mass transport through atomically thin membranes and nanochannels. Her current research is focused on magnetic properties of pristine and functionalized graphene and their applications in spintronics and on superconductivity of two-dimensional and layered materials induced by intercalation. Grigorieva has published 86 papers in refereed journals, including 26 articles in Nature group journals (h-index 37). She was a principal contributor to the famous first papers on graphene, leading an independent group that took part in this ground-breaking research.