Immunology Program

The Joseph Sun Lab

Research

Pictured: Joseph Sun
Joseph Sun, PhD

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

  • 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

Carlos Diaz Salazar Albelda
Carlos Diaz Salazar Albelda

Graduate Student (IMP Program)

Simon Grassmann
Simon Grassmann

Research Fellow

Colleen Lau
Colleen Lau

Research Fellow

Adriana Mujal, PhD
Adriana Mujal

Research Fellow

Endi Santosa
Endi Santosa

Graduate Student

Ella Schochet
Ella Schochet

Research Technician

Jessica Sharrock, PhD
Jessica Sharrock

Research Fellow

Sam Sheppard
Sam Sheppard

Research Fellow

Veronica Shields
Veronica Shields

Administrative Assistant

Joseph Sun, PhD
Joseph Sun

Associate Member

Lab Alumni
Kristen Beck

Student Researcher

Carolyn Zawislak
Carolyn Zawislak

Research Technician

Nicholas M. Adams
Nicholas M. Adams

Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY

Aimee Beaulieu, Research Fellow
Aimee Beaulieu

Research Fellow

Matthew Firth, PhD
Matthew Firth

Research Fellow

Clair Geary
Clair Geary

Graduate Student

Theresa L. Geiger
Theresa L. Geiger

Scientist II in Clinical Immunology at PACT Pharma, San Francisco, CA

Christopher Irwin
Christopher Irwin

Student Researcher

Lex Johnson
Lex Johnson

Research Technician

Jenny M. Karo
Jenny M. Karo Leeds

Graduate Student

Sharline Madera
Sharline Madera

MD/PhD Student

Timothy O'Sullivan
Timothy O'Sullivan

Research Fellow

Moritz Rapp
Moritz Rapp

Research Fellow

Karen Reede
Karen Reede

Administrative Assistant

Helen Unger

2012 SURP Student

Orrel Weizman
Orrel Weizman

Research Technician

Gabriela Wiedemann, PhD
Gabriela Wiedemann

Research Fellow

Kai Yee
Kai Yee

Student Researcher

Cindy Zhang
Cindy Zhang

Research Technician

Tiger Zhang

2019 SURP student

Lab Affilations

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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