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.

For more information on the center, check out its website here.


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.

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.