Thereza Imanishi-Kari, PhD

Thereza Imanishi-Kari, PhD

Associate Professor of Immunology



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


Campus: Boston
Office: Jaharis 814
Laboratory: Jaharis 801

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-6779
Lab Phone: 617-636-3821
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Genetics, Immunology


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.


Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development