Immunology Program

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Joseph Sun, PhD


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The immune system responds to viral infections by introducing a complex interplay of immune cells and factors, whose goal is to eliminate the intruding pathogen. One such effector cell in the antiviral response is the Natural Killer (NK) cell, which secretes inflammatory cytokines and directly kills infected cells. The focus of our research is aimed at defining the signals that NK cells require to mount an effective immune response against pathogens. We are also exploring the regulatory mechanisms keeping NK cells in check, thereby safeguarding against potential autoimmunity.

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The Sun Lab

Publications

Lau CM, Adams NM, Geary CD, Weizman O, Rapp M, Pritykin Y, Leslie CS, Sun JC. 2018. Epigenetic control of innate and adaptive immune memory. Nat Immunol. 19:963-972.

Adams NM, Lau CM, Fan X, Rapp M, Weizman O, Geary CD, Diaz-Salazar C, Sun JC. 2018. Transcription factor IRF8 orchestrates the adaptive natural killer cell response. Immunity. 48:1172-1182.

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People

Pictured: Joseph Sun

Joseph Sun, PhD



Professor

  • Immunologist Joseph Sun investigates the natural killer cell response against infection and cancer.
  • PhD, University of Washington
sunj@mskcc.org
Email Address
646-888-3228
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Members

Celeste Dang
Celeste Dang

Graduate Student

Rebecca Delconte
Rebecca Delconte

Research Fellow

Simon Grassmann
Simon Grassmann

Research Fellow

GSK Student
Hyunu Kim

Graduate Student

Colleen Lau
Colleen Lau

Research Fellow

Adriana Mujal, PhD
Adriana Mujal

Research Fellow

Mark Owyong
Mark Owyong

Graduate Student

Endi Santosa
Endi Santosa

Graduate Student

Jessica Sharrock, PhD
Jessica Sharrock

Research Fellow

Sam Sheppard
Sam Sheppard

Research Fellow

Veronica Shields
Veronica Shields

Administrative Assistant

Joseph Sun, PhD
Joseph Sun

Member

Claire Wingert
Claire Wingert

Research Technician

Lab Alumni
Clair Geary
Clair Geary

MSK Position: Graduate Student; Current Position: Science Policy Fellowship, National Academy of Sciences

Theresa L. Geiger
Theresa L. Geiger

MSK Position: Graduate Student; Current Position: Scientist in Clinical Immunology at PACT Pharma in Hayward, CA

Jenny M. Karo
Jenny M. Karo Leeds

MSK Position: Graduate Student; Current Position: Senior Associate, Morgan Stanley, New York, NY

Nicholas M. Adams
Nicholas M. Adams

MSK Position: Tri-I MD-PhD Student; Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY

Sharline Madera
Sharline Madera

MSK Position: MD/PhD Student; Current Position: Resident, UCSF

Aimee Beaulieu, Research Fellow
Aimee Beaulieu

MSK Position: Research Fellow; Current Position: Assistant Professor, Rutgers Medical School

Carlos Diaz Salazar Albelda
Carlos Diaz Salazar Albelda

Graduate Student (IMP Program)

Matthew Firth, PhD
Matthew Firth

MSK Position: Research Fellow; Current Position: Research Scientist, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Timothy O'Sullivan
Timothy O'Sullivan

MSK Position: Research Fellow; Current Position: Assistant Professor, UCLA

Moritz Rapp
Moritz Rapp

MSK Position: Research Fellow; Current Position: Research Scientist, Roche

Gabriela Wiedemann, PhD
Gabriela Wiedemann

MSK Position: Research Fellow; Current: Residency, Technical University of Munich

Lex Johnson
Lex Johnson

MSK Position: Research Technician; Current Position: Graduate Student, U Penn

Ella Schochet
Ella Schochet

Research Technician

Orrel Weizman
Orrel Weizman

MSK Position: Research Technician; Current Position: Graduate Student, Yale

Carolyn Zawislak
Carolyn Zawislak

MSK Position: Research Technician; Current Position: Residency, MD Anderson

Cindy Zhang
Cindy Zhang

MSK Position: Research Technician; Current: Biotech company

Helen Unger

MSK Position: 2012 SURP Student; Current: Graduate school, Ohio State University

Tiger Zhang

MSK Position: 2019 SURP student; Current: Computational biologist, D.E. Shaw Research

Kristen Beck

MSK Position: Student Researcher; Current Position: Medical School, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Christopher Irwin
Christopher Irwin

MSK Position: Student Researcher; Current Position: Medical Student, Rutgers Medical School

Kai Yee
Kai Yee

MSK Position: Student Researcher; Current: Medical School, UC Davis

Lab Affiliations

Achievements

  • American Cancer Society Research Scholar (2017)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in Infectious Disease (2016)
  • Boyer Young Investigator Award for Basic Research (2015)
  • Geoffrey Beene Junior Faculty Chair (2014)
  • AAI Pfizer-Showell Early Career Investigator Award (2012)
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  • Searle Scholar Award (2011)
  • Cancer Research Institute Investigator Award (2011)

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Disclosures

Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.

MSK requires doctors and faculty members to report (“disclose”) the relationships and financial interests they have with external entities. As a commitment to transparency with our community, we make that information available to the public.

Joseph Sun discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • American Association of Immunologists
    Provision of Services (uncompensated)
  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
    Provision of Services (uncompensated)
  • The City College of New York
    Provision of Services (uncompensated)
  • University of Colorado
    Provision of Services
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Provision of Services
  • University of Utah
    Provision of Services
  • Yale University
    Provision of Services

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