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.

Dr. Sabeti's computational genomic lab has contributed to widely varying fields — including human evolutionary biology, gene therapy, microbial sequencing, information theory, and disease surveillance. They aim to create comprehensive approaches for detecting, containing, and treating deadly infectious diseases, including Lassa virus, Ebola virus, Zika virus, and SARS-CoV-2. She has invested in capacity building and education throughout, co-founding the African Center for Excellence of Genomic of Infectious Disease, enabling the first diagnosis of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, training thousands of scientists through extended educational programs, and establishing genome centers in West Africa.

B.S., 1997

M.Sc., 1998
University of Oxford

D.Phil., 2003
University of Oxford

M.D., 2006
Harvard Medical School


Author Correction: Multiplexed CRISPR-based microfluidic platform for clinical testing of respiratory viruses and identification of SARS-CoV-2 variants.

Welch NL, Zhu M, Hua C, Weller J, Mirhashemi ME, Nguyen TG, Mantena S, Bauer MR, Shaw BM, Ackerman CM, Thakku SG, Tse MW, Kehe J, Uwera MM, Eversley JS, Bielwaski DA, McGrath G, Braidt J, Johnson J, Cerrato F, Moreno GK, Krasilnikova LA, Petros BA, Gionet GL, King E, Huard RC, Jalbert SK, Cleary ML, Fitzgerald NA, Gabriel SB, Gallagher GR, Smole SC, Madoff LC, Brown CM, Keller MW, Wilson MM, Kirby MK, Barnes JR, Park DJ, Siddle KJ, Happi CT, Hung DT, Springer M, MacInnis BL, Lemieux JE, Rosenberg E, Branda JA, Blainey PC, Sabeti PC, Myhrvold C.

Nat Med. 2023 Nov 09. PMID: 37946059

Recommendations on data sharing in HIV drug resistance research.

Inzaule SC, Siedner MJ, Little SJ, Avila-Rios S, Ayitewala A, Bosch RJ, Calvez V, Ceccherini-Silberstein F, Charpentier C, Descamps D, Eshleman SH, Fokam J, Frenkel LM, Gupta RK, Ioannidis JPA, Kaleebu P, Kantor R, Kassaye SG, Kosakovsky Pond SL, Kouamou V, Kouyos RD, Kuritzkes DR, Lessells R, Marcelin AG, Mbuagbaw L, Minalga B, Ndembi N, Neher RA, Paredes R, Pillay D, Raizes EG, Rhee SY, Richman DD, Ruxrungtham K, Sabeti PC, Schapiro JM, Sirivichayakul S, Steegen K, Sugiura W, van Zyl GU, Vandamme AM, Wensing AMJ, Wertheim JO, Gunthard HF, Jordan MR, Shafer RW.

PLoS Med. 2023 Sep. 20(9):e1004293. PMID: 37738247

Whole genome sequencing of human Borrelia burgdorferi isolates reveals linked blocks of accessory genome elements located on plasmids and associated with human dissemination.

Lemieux JE, Huang W, Hill N, Cerar T, Freimark L, Hernandez S, Luban M, Maraspin V, Bogovic P, Ogrinc K, Ruzic-Sabljic E, Lapierre P, Lasek-Nesselquist E, Singh N, Iyer R, Liveris D, Reed KD, Leong JM, Branda JA, Steere AC, Wormser GP, Strle F, Sabeti PC, Schwartz I, Strle K.

PLoS Pathog. 2023 08. 19(8):e1011243. PMID: 37651316


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…