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Nina Bhardwaj

  • PROFESSOR Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology
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  • PhD, New York University School of Medicine

  • MD, New York University School of Medicine

  • Internship, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Harvard Medical School,


    Dr. Bhardwaj's research focuses on the study of dendritic cells, which serve a crucial function as sentinels of the immune system. They are potent antigen-presenting cells which integrate microbe sensing, antigen display, and context-dependent instruction to T cells, to direct the appropriate type of immune response. The Bhardwaj lab focuses on combining fundamental research in dendritic cell biology with innovative translational and clinical approaches. We are thus investigating specialized cytokine secretion, antigen presentation, T cell skewing, interactions with NK cells, and optimal methods of antigen delivery for vaccines using dendritic cells, in HIV, autoimmunity and cancer. For more information, see


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da Silva IP, Gallois A, Jimenez-Baranda S, Khan S, Anderson AC, Kuchroo VK, Osman I, Bhardwaj N. Reversal of NK-cell exhaustion in advanced melanoma by Tim-3 blockade. Cancer immunology research 2014 May; 2(5).

Harshman LC, Drake CG, Wargo JA, Sharma P, Bhardwaj N. Cancer immunotherapy highlights from the 2014 ASCO Meeting. Cancer immunology research 2014 Aug; 2(8).

Miller E, Bhardwaj N. Advances in dendritic cell immunotherapies for HIV-1 infection. Expert opinion on biological therapy 2014 Nov; 14(11).

Bloch N, O'Brien M, Norton TD, Polsky SB, Bhardwaj N, Landau NR. HIV type 1 infection of plasmacytoid and myeloid dendritic cells is restricted by high levels of SAMHD1 and cannot be counteracted by Vpx. AIDS research and human retroviruses 2014 Feb; 30(2).

Fernandez MV, Miller EA, Bhardwaj N. Activation and measurement of NLRP3 inflammasome activity using IL-1╬▓ in human monocyte-derived dendritic cells. Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE 2014;(87).

Sivendran S, Chang R, Pham L, Phelps RG, Harcharik ST, Hall LD, Bernardo SG, Moskalenko MM, Sivendran M, Fu Y, de Moll EH, Pan M, Moon JY, Arora S, Cohain A, DiFeo A, Ferringer TC, Tismenetsky M, Tsui CL, Friedlander PA, Parides MK, Banchereau J, Chaussabel D, Lebwohl MG, Wolchok JD, Bhardwaj N, Burakoff SJ, Oh WK, Palucka K, Merad M, Schadt EE, Saenger YM. Dissection of immune gene networks in primary melanoma tumors critical for antitumor surveillance of patients with stage II-III resectable disease. The Journal of investigative dermatology 2014 Aug; 134(8).

Manches O, Frleta D, Bhardwaj N. Dendritic cells in progression and pathology of HIV infection. Trends in immunology 2014 Mar; 35(3).

Godefroy E, Gallois A, Idoyaga J, Merad M, Tung N, Monu N, Saenger Y, Fu Y, Ravindran R, Pulendran B, Jotereau F, Trombetta S, Bhardwaj N. Activation of toll-like receptor-2 by endogenous matrix metalloproteinase-2 modulates dendritic-cell-mediated inflammatory responses. Cell reports 2014 Dec; 9(5).

Bhardwaj N, Brody JD. Dendritic cells and lymphoma cells: come together right now. Blood 2015 Jan; 125(1).

Moogk D, da Silva IP, Ma MW, Friedman EB, de Miera EV, Darvishian F, Scanlon P, Perez-Garcia A, Pavlick AC, Bhardwaj N, Christos PJ, Osman I, Krogsgaard M. Melanoma expression of matrix metalloproteinase-23 is associated with blunted tumor immunity and poor responses to immunotherapy. Journal of translational medicine 2014; 12(1).

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Below are financial relationships with industry reported by Dr. Bhardwaj during 2015 and/or 2016. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.


  • Dynavax┬áTechnologies Corporation

Scientific Advisory Board:

  • Dendreon Corporation; Merck & Co., Inc.

Royalty Payments:

  • Crucell; Neostem, Inc.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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