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Philip J. Kranzusch, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Cancer Immunology & Virology


Dr. Kranzusch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cancer Immunology and Virology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Department of Microbiology at Harvard Medical School. His lab uses structural and biochemical approaches to understand how the immune system recognizes cancer and pathogen replication. His research contributions include defining how specialized nucleotide signals control immune responses, and discovering a direct evolutionary connection between human innate immunity and anti-viral defense in bacteria. The lab is currently focused on harnessing the cGAS-STING pathway and related cGAS-like receptors to control immune signaling and anti-tumor immunity.

Education & Training

  • 2016: University of California, Berkeley, CA, HHMI/LSRF Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2012: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, PhD, Virology
  • 2006: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, BS, Molecular Biology

Awards & Honors

  • 2022: Lloyd J. Old STAR Award, Cancer Research Institute
  • 2021: Director’s New Innovator Award, NIH
  • 2020: PATH Award, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
  • 2020: Emerging Leader Award, The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research
  • 2019: Award for Early Career Basic Research, American Society for Microbiology
  • 2019: Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences
  • 2017: V Scholar Award, with Abeloff distinction, V Foundation
  • 2017: Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program Award, Cancer Research Institute