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Ashwin Somasundaram, MD - Division of Oncology

Ashwin Somasundaram, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine


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170 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Ashwin Somasundaram, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Areas of Interest

GI cancers, Tumor Immunology


Ashwin Somasundaram’s research interests are focused on understanding mechanisms of resistance and response in the tumor microenvironment from both an immunology and cancer cell biology perspective. He is focused on validating findings of checkpoint blockade resistance mechanisms found in animal models in ex vivo patient samples and in early phase clinical trials. These translational efforts are meant to improve understanding of meaningful biomarkers and novel therapeutic combinations for patients with solid tumors. More specifically, he has an interest in the role of systemic inflammation leading to T cell dysfunction in patients with solid tumors.

  • Undergraduate

    North Carolina State University

  • Medical School

    University of Texas Southwestern

  • Residency

    University of Pittsburgh

  • Fellowship

    University of Pittsburgh