Medical Scientist Training Program
Medical Scientist Training Program
Emily Vonderhaar

Emily Vonderhaar-Meister, PhD

Matched at Johns Hopkins Hospital; Specialty: Radiation Oncology

Faculty Advisor

  • Michael Dwinell, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology


  • Medical Scientist Training Program

Contact Information


PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2020
BS, Biology, Nutritional Science, Iowa State University, 2014

Research Interests

Modulation of immunologically suppressed tumor microenvironments and activation of antitumor immunity in non-immunogenic tumors

Research Experience

Medical College of Wisconsin, 2016 - 2020
Advisor: Michael Dwinell, PhD
Project: Activating antitumor immunity in pancreatic cancer

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at UT Southwestern, Department of Radiation Oncology, 2013
Advisor: Dr. Benjamin Chen, PhD
Project: Molecular biology research related to DNA repair pathways in cancer

Iowa State University, Undergraduate Research, 2012-2014
Advisor: Dr. Kevin Schalinske, PhD
Project: Investigated the effects of S-adenosylmethionine on folate, homocysteine and methyl group metabolism in a type 1 diabetes rat model


Vonderhaar EP, Barnekow NS, McAllister D, et al. STING Activated Tumor-Intrinsic Type I Interferon Signaling Promotes CXCR3 Dependent Antitumor Immunity in Pancreatic Cancer. Cell Mol Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2021 Feb 4:S2352-345X(21)00024-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jcmgh.2021.01.018. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33548597.

Jing W, McAllister D, Vonderhaar EP, Palen K, Riese MJ, Gershan J, Johnson BD, Dwinell MB. STING agonist inflames the pancreatic cancer immune microenvironment and reduces tumor burden in mouse models. J Immunother Cancer. 2019 Apr 29;7(1):115. doi: 10.1186/s40425-019-0573-5. PubMed PMID: 31036082; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6489306.

Roy I, Boyle KA, Vonderhaar EP, Zimmerman NP, Gorse E, Mackinnon AC, Hwang RF, Franco-Barraza J, Cukierman E, Tsai S, Evans DB, Dwinell MB. Cancer cell chemokines direct chemotaxis of activated stellate cells in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Lab Invest. 2017 Mar;97(3):302-317. doi: 10.1038/labinvest.2016.146. Epub 2017 Jan 16. PubMed PMID: 28092365; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5334280.

Lange PT, Darrah EJ, Vonderhaar EP, Mboko WP, Rekow MM, Patel SB, Sidjanin DJ, Tarakanova VL. Type I Interferon Counteracts Antiviral Effects of Statins in the Context of Gammaherpesvirus Infection. J Virol. 2016 Jan 6;90(7):3342-54. doi: 10.1128/JVI.02277-15. PubMed PMID: 26739055; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4794672.

General Interests

Traveling, yoga, hikes with my husband and our playful dog