The Mark Foundation Center for Immunotherapy, Immune Signaling, and Radiation

The Mark Foundation Center for Immunotherapy, Immune Signaling, and Radiation at the University of Pennsylvania brings together leading cancer researchers using state-of-the-art molecular, cellular, and radiologic technologies to better understand and optimally modulate signaling pathways activated in cancer and immune cells in patients treated with radiation therapy.

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Benci JL, Johnson LR, Choa R, Xu Y, Qiu J, Zhou Z, Xu B, Ye D, Nathanson KL, June CH, Wherry EJ, Zhang NR, Ishwaran H, Hellmann MD, Wolchok JD, Kambayashi T, Minn AJ. Opposing Functions of Interferon Coordinate Adaptive and Innate Immune Responses to Cancer Immune Checkpoint Blockade. Cell. 2019.

Luo LY, O’Hara MH, Mitchell TC, Vonderheide RH, Wherry EJ, Minn AJ, Maity A. Combining Radiation with Immunotherapy: The University of Pennsylvania Experience. Semin Radiat Oncol. 2020.

Wu CY, Lau BT, Kim HS, Sathe A, Grimes SM, Ji HP, Zhang NR. Integrative single-cell analysis of allele-specific copy number alterations and chromatin accessibility in cancer. Nat Biotechnol. 2021.

Abdel-Hakeem MS, Manne S, Beltra JC, Stelekati E, Chen Z, Nzingha K, Ali MA, Johnson JL, Giles JR, Mathew D, Greenplate AR, Vahedi G, Wherry EJ. Epigenetic scarring of exhausted T cells hinders memory differentiation upon eliminating chronic antigenic stimulation. Nat Immunol. 2021.

Velalopoulou A, Karagounis IV, Cramer GM, Kim MM, Skoufos G, Goia D, Hagan S, Verginadis II, Shoniyozov K, Chiango J, Cerullo M, Varner K, Yao L, Qin L, Hatzigeorgiou AG, Minn AJ, Putt M, Lanza M, Assenmacher CA, Radaelli E, Huck J, Diffenderfer E, Dong L, Metz J, Koumenis C, Cengel KA, Maity A, Busch TM. FLASH Proton Radiotherapy Spares Normal Epithelial and Mesenchymal Tissues While Preserving Sarcoma Response. Cancer Res. 2021.

Chen KW, Demarco B, Ramos S, Heilig R, Goris M, Grayczyk JP, Assenmacher CA, Radaelli E, Joannas LD, Henao-Mejia J, Tacchini-Cottier F, Brodsky IE, Broz P. RIPK1 activates distinct gasdermins in macrophages and neutrophils upon pathogen blockade of innate immune signaling. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021.

Johnson LR, Lee DY, Eacret JS, Ye D, June CH, Minn AJ. The immunostimulatory RNA RN7SL1 enables CAR-T cells to enhance autonomous and endogenous immune function. Cell. 2021.

Giles JR, Manne S, Freilich E, Oldridge DA, Baxter AE, George S, Chen Z, Huang H, Chilukuri L, Carberry M, Giles L, Weng NP, Young RM, June CH, Schuchter LM, Amaravadi RK, Xu X, Karakousis GC, Mitchell TC, Huang AC, Shi J, Wherry JEHuman epigenetic and transcriptional T cell differentiation atlas for identifying functional T cell-specific enhancersImmunity. 2022.

Cucolo L, Chen Q, Qiu J, Yu Y, Klapholz M, Budinich KA, Zhang Z, Shao Y, Brodsky IE, Jordan MS, Gilliland DG, Zhang NR, Shi J, Minn AJ. The interferon-stimulated gene RIPK1 regulates cancer cell intrinsic and extrinsic resistance to immune checkpoint blockade. Immunity. 2022.

Jiang Y, Harigaya Y, Zhang Z, Zhang H, Zang C, Zhang NR. Nonparametric single-cell multiomic characterization of trio relationships between transcription factors, target genes, and cis-regulatory regions. Cell Syst. 2022.

Bibby JA, Agarwal D, Freiwald T, Kunz N, Merle NS, West EE, Singh P, Larochelle A, Chinian F, Mukherjee S, Afzali B, Kemper C, Zhang NR. Systematic single-cell pathway analysis to characterize early T cell activation. Cell Rep. 2022.

Qiu J, Xu B, Ye D, Ren D, Wang S, Benci JL, Xu Y, Ishwaran H, Beltra JC, Wherry EJ, Shi J, Minn AJ. Cancer cells resistant to immune checkpoint blockade acquire interferon-associated epigenetic memory to sustain T cell dysfunction. Nat Cancer. 2023.

Sorobetea D, Matsuda R, Peterson ST, Grayczyk JP, Rao I, Krespan E, Lanza M, Assenmacher CA, Mack M, Beiting DP, Radaelli E, Brodsky IE. Inflammatory monocytes promote granuloma control of Yersinia infection. Nat Microbiol. 2023.

Morral C, Ghinnagow R, Karakasheva T, Zhou Y, Thadi A, Li N, Yoshor B, Soto GE, Chen CH, Aleynick D, Weinbrom S, Fulton M, Uzun Y, Bewtra M, Kelsen JR, Lengner CJ, Tan K, Minn AJ, Hamilton KE. Isolation of Epithelial and Stromal Cells from Colon Tissues in Homeostasis and Under Inflammatory Conditions. Bio Protoc. 2023.

Chen S, Zhu B, Huang S, Hickey JW, Lin KZ, Snyder M, Greenleaf WJ, Nolan GP, Zhang NR, Ma Z. Integration of spatial and single-cell data across modalities with weakly linked features. Nat Biotechnol. 2023.

Akuma DC, Wodzanowski KA, Schwartz Wertman R, Exconde PM, Vázquez Marrero VR, Odunze CE, Grubaugh D, Shin S, Taabazuing C, Brodsky IE. Catalytic activity and autoprocessing of murine caspase-11 mediate noncanonical inflammasome assembly in response to cytosolic LPS. Elife. 2024.

Kim K, Kim MM, Skoufos G, Diffenderfer ES, Motlagh SAO, Kokkorakis M, Koliaki I, Morcos G, Shoniyozov K, Griffin J, Hatzigeorgiou AG, Metz JM, Lin A, Feigenberg SJ, Cengel KA, Ky B, Koumenis C, Verginadis II. FLASH proton radiotherapy mitigates inflammatory and fibrotic pathways and preserves cardiac function in a preclinical mouse model of radiation-induced heart disease. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2024.

Matsuda R, Sorobetea D, Zhang J, Peterson ST, Grayczyk JP, Yost W, Apenes N, Kovalik ME, Herrmann B, O’Neill RJ, Bohrer AC, Lanza M, Assenmacher CA, Mayer-Barber KD, Shin S, Brodsky IE. A TNF-IL-1 circuit controls Yersinia within intestinal pyogranulomas. J Exp Med. 2024.

Morral C, Ayyaz A, Kuo HC, Fink M, Verginadis II, Daniel AR, Burner DN, Driver LM, Satow S, Hasapis S, Ghinnagow R, Luo L, Ma Y, Attardi LD, Koumenis C, Minn AJ, Wrana JL, Lee CL, Kirsch DG. p53 promotes revival stem cells in the regenerating intestine after severe radiation injury. Nat Commun. 2024.