Joel Sunshine, M.D., Ph.D

Joel Sunshine, M.D., Ph.D

Joel Sunshine, M.D., Ph.D. is a 3rd year dermatology resident in the research track residency program at Northwestern University. His research interests have centered on polymer chemistry, non-viral approaches to nucleic acid delivery, immune-engineering, tumor immunology, and immunologic tolerance. Before medical school, he spent a year working in Dr. Robert Langer’s laboratory at MIT. During his M.D. and Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins, he worked in Dr. Jordan Green’s laboratory focused on non-viral approaches to nucleic acid delivery and engineering new approaches to activate the immune system against cancer, and also worked with Dr. Janis Taube on new approaches for multispectral IHC to help understand the complex tumor immune microenvironment. Beginning this year, he will be working in Dr. Stephen Miller’s laboratory at Northwestern focusing on developing novel tolerogenic nanoparticle formulations for dermatologic applications with the hope of building better solutions for patients.

As a 2018 AID Scholar he identified hand food skin reaction to multikinase inhibitors as a clinical problem or critical barrier to progress in the field of dermatology.