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Joao Pereira, PhD  

Associate Professor of Immunobiology, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. João P. Pereira is an associate professor of Immunobiology, member of the Yale Cancer Center and of the Yale Stem Cell Center.

Research in the Pereira lab is focused on several aspects related to B cell biology, a fundamental player of adaptive immunity. B cells develop from hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in specialized microenvironments in the bone marrow, named stem cell niches that are also critical for the maintenance and differentiation of HSCs and of hematopoietic multipotent progenitor cells (MPPs).

Dr. Pereira studied Microbiology at Universidade Católica Portuguesa (BSc, 1996), Biotechnology at DeMontfort University (MSc, 1997), and did PhD studies (Universidade do Porto, 2004) in Immunology at the Gulbenkian Institute (Oeiras) and the Pasteur Institute (Paris) mentored by Paulo Vieira.

In 2005, Dr. Pereira joined the laboratory of Dr. Jason Cyster (UCSF) as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral fellow. In the Cyster lab, he studied mechanisms of B lymphocyte migration during development in primary lymphoid organs and during activation in secondary lymphoid organs. Dr. Pereira joined the department of Immunobiology at Yale University in 2010.

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