Pardis Christine Sabeti
Primary Faculty

Pardis Christine Sabeti

Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Other Positions

Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

OEB Instruction + Org Res -Other Academic

Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Dr. Sabeti's lab focuses on developing new analytical and genomic methods to study evolutionary adaptation and genetic diversity in humans and pathogens, with three current research foci: (1) Identifying and characterizing the underlying adaptive changes that have shaped the human species over time; and (2) Investigating genetic diversity in pathogens such as Lassa virus, Ebola virus, Zika virus, and Babesia microti, towards improved diagnostics, surveillance, and interventions, and (3) Developing novels tools to detect and diagnose microbes causing human morbidity and mortality.

B.S., 1997

M.Sc., 1998
University of Oxford

D.Phil., 2003
University of Oxford

M.D., 2006
Harvard Medical School


Cross-Reactive Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 and MERS-CoV in Pre-COVID-19 Blood Samples from Sierra Leoneans.

Borrega R, Nelson DKS, Koval AP, Bond NG, Heinrich ML, Rowland MM, Lathigra R, Bush DJ, Aimukanova I, Phinney WN, Koval SA, Hoffmann AR, Smither AR, Bell-Kareem AR, Melnik LI, Genemaras KJ, Chao K, Snarski P, Melton AB, Harrell JE, Smira AA, Elliott DH, Rouelle JA, Sabino-Santos G, Drouin AC, Momoh M, Sandi JD, Goba A, Samuels RJ, Kanneh L, Gbakie M, Branco ZL, Shaffer JG, Schieffelin JS, Robinson JE, Fusco DN, Sabeti PC, Andersen KG, Grant DS, Boisen ML, Branco LM, Garry RF.

Viruses. 2021 11 21. 13(11). PMID: 34835131

Epidemiological and Immunological Features of Obesity and SARS-CoV-2.

Nilles EJ, Siddiqui SM, Fischinger S, Bartsch YC, de St Aubin M, Zhou G, Gluck MJ, Berger S, Rhee J, Petersen E, Mormann B, Loesche M, Hu Y, Chen Z, Yu J, Gebre M, Atyeo C, Gorman MJ, Zhu AL, Burke J, Slein M, Hasdianda MA, Jambaulikar G, Boyer EW, Sabeti PC, Barouch DH, Julg B, Kucharski AJ, Musk ER, Lauffenburger DA, Alter G, Menon AS.

Viruses. 2021 11 06. 13(11). PMID: 34835041

Evidence of transmission from fully vaccinated individuals in a large outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Siddle KJ, Krasilnikova LA, Moreno GK, Schaffner SF, Vostok J, Fitzgerald NA, Lemieux JE, Barkas N, Loreth C, Specht I, Tomkins-Tinch CH, Silbert J, Schaeffer B, Taylor BP, Loftness B, Johnson H, Schubert PL, Shephard HM, Doucette M, Fink T, Lang AS, Baez S, Beauchamp J, Hennigan S, Buzby E, Ash S, Brown J, Clancy S, Cofsky S, Gagne L, Hall J, Harrington R, Gionet GL, DeRuff KC, Vodzak ME, Adams GC, Dobbins ST, Slack SD, Reilly SK, Anderson LM, Cipicchio MC, DeFelice MT, Grimsby JL, Anderson SE, Blumenstiel BS, Meldrim JC, Rooke HM, Vicente G, Smith NL, Messer KS, Reagan FL, Mandese ZM, Lee MD, Ray MC, Fisher ME, Ulcena MA, Nolet CM, English SE, Larkin KL, Vernest K, Chaluvadi S, Arvidson D, Melchiono M, Covell T, Harik V, Brock-Fisher T, Dunn M, Kearns A, Hanage WP, Bernard C, Philippakis A, Lennon NJ, Gabriel SB, Gallagher GR, Smole S, Madoff LC, Brown CM, Park DJ, MacInnis BL, Sabeti PC.

medRxiv. 2021 Oct 20. PMID: 34704102

Comparative transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 variants Delta and Alpha in New England, USA.

Earnest R, Uddin R, Matluk N, Renzette N, Siddle KJ, Loreth C, Adams G, Tomkins-Tinch CH, Petrone ME, Rothman JE, Breban MI, Koch RT, Billig K, Fauver JR, Vogels CBF, Turbett S, Bilguvar K, De Kumar B, Landry ML, Peaper DR, Kelly K, Omerza G, Grieser H, Meak S, Martha J, Dewey HH, Kales S, Berenzy D, Carpenter-Azevedo K, King E, Huard RC, Smole SC, Brown CM, Fink T, Lang AS, Gallagher GR, Sabeti PC, Gabriel S, MacInnis BL, Tewhey R, Adams MD, Park DJ, Lemieux JE, Grubaugh ND.

medRxiv. 2021 Oct 07. PMID: 34642698


At a small Colorado university, COVID tracking goes high-tech

A collaboration between Colorado Mesa University and the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard has yielded “the most sophisticated system in the country to track outbreaks” of COVID-19, according Pardis Sabeti, a professor of immunology and infectious diseases…