Human Oncology & Pathogenesis Program

The Santosha Vardhana Lab


Santosha Vardhana
Santosha Vardhana, MD, PhD

The Vardhana lab explores how metabolites regulate immune cell homeostasis, particularly within tumors.  We use a combination of traditional immunology, synthetic biology, metabolomics, and bioinformatics to answer fundamental biological questions about the regulation of immune responses with the goal of applying these strategies broadly for the treatment of cancer.  Our team is made up of a diverse group of scientists and physicians with backgrounds in immunology, cancer biology, metabolism, and molecular genetics, but we are enthusiastic about integrating members with expertise across physical, life, and computer sciences to achieve our goal of taking novel experimental approaches to understand the complexity of host immunity.

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The Santosha Vardhana Lab Group



Santosha Vardhana

Santosha Vardhana, MD, PhD

  • The Vardhana Lab studies how nutrient availability, uptake and metabolism regulates host immune responses during cancer development and immunotherapy.
  • PhD, New York University
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Vanessa Brito
Vanessa Brito

Administrative Assistant

Yan-Ting (Kevin) Chen
Yan-Ting Chen

PhD Student

Ya-Hui Lin
Ya-Hui Lin

Senior Research Technician

Lisa McGary
Lisa McGary
Tanmana Mitra
Tanmana Mitra

Grad Student

Jahan Rahman
Jahan Rahman

Computational Biologist II

Joshua Schoenfeld
Joshua Schoenfeld

Research Fellow

Luis Somarribas Patterson
Luis Felipe Somarribas Patterson

Research Fellow

Lab Alumni
Madeline Hwee
Madeline Hwee

Research Technician

Lab Affiliations


  • Chief Medical Oncology Fellow, Internal Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (2014)
  • Young Investigator Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2016)
  • Senior Fellow, Parker Institute of Cancer Immunotherapy (2017)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists (2019)
  • MSKCC Award for Teaching Excellence (2019)
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Upcoming event

HOPP Research Seminar

This seminar will take place in the ZRC Auditorium and by Zoom webinar.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Zuckerman Research Center
417 East 68th Street
ZRC Auditorium
New York, NY 10065

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Santosha Vardhana discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • ADC Therapeutics
    Provision of Services
  • Immunai Inc.
    Provision of Services

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