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Tufts University School of Medicine

Thereza Imanishi-Kari

Associate Professor of Immunology
Department: Immunology
Programs: Genetics, Immunology
Laboratory: Jaharis 801

Thereza Imanishi-Kari

Associate Professor of Immunology
Department: Immunology
Programs: Genetics, Immunology
Laboratory: Jaharis 801

Phone 617-636-6779
Lab phone: 617-636-3821
Office: Jaharis 814
Campus: Boston

Education

  • BS, Biology, University of Sao Paulo
  • PhD, Immunogenetics, University of Helsinki
  • Postdoctoral Training, University of Cologne

Research synopsis

I no longer accept dissertation students, but I still remain engaged in graduate program activities and research.

In order to investigate the genetic factors that are directly involved in the process of self-tolerance and autoimmune systemic lupus Erythematosis, my laboratory is studying the fate of B cells expressing anti-DNA self-antibodies during development in normal and autoimmune genetic backgrounds. In addition, my laboratory is interested in determining whether somatic mutations of antibody genes are occurring at the immature B cell stage as a mechanism to revise antibody receptors as a consequence of negative and/or positive selection.