Roberta Pelanda
Associate Professor
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  • America’s Top Doctors 2015 — Castle Connolly, Medical, Ltd.
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  • America’s Top Doctors 2016 — Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
  • Research AreasResearch Areas
    • Autoimmunity/Rheumatology
    • Basic Immunology
    • Cellular and Molecular Biology

    Special Interests

    Research Interests

    Immunology B cell biology Autoimmunity Signal transduction


    University of Milan, Italy, PhD, Cellular and Molecular Biology
    Max-Planck Institute for Immunobiology (Freiburg, Germany),
    Institute for Genetics (Cologne, Germany),

    Awards & Recognition

    Harmon Foundation Award for Arthritis Research Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter Grant

    Professional Memberships



    Velez M.G., Kane M., Liu S., Gauld S.B., Cambier J.C., Torres R.M., and Pelanda R., 2007. Ig allotypic inclusion does not prevent B cell development or response, J Immunol, 179:1049-1057.

    Liu S., Velez M.G., Humann J., Rowland S., Conrad F.J., Halverson R., Torres R.M., and Pelanda R., 2005. Receptor editing can lead to allelic inclusion and development of B cells that retain antibodies reacting with high avidity autoantigens. J Immunol, 175:5067-5076.

    Halverson, R,. R.M. Torres, and R. Pelanda, 2004. Receptor editing is the primary mechanism of B cell tolerance toward membrane antigens. Nature Immunology, 5(6):645-50.

    Pelanda R., U. Braun, E. Hobeika, M.C. Nussenzweig, and M. Reth. 2002. B Cell Progenitors Are Arresred in Maturation but Have Intact VDJ Recombination in the Absence of Ig-a and Ig-b. J Immunol, 169:865-872.

    Pelanda, R., S. Schwers, E. Sonoda, R.M. Torres, D. Nemazee, and K. Rajewsky. 1997. Receptor editing in a transgenic mouse model: site, efficiency, and role in B cell tolerance and antibody diversification. Immunity 7, no. 6:765-75.

    Academic Affiliations

    Associate Professor of Immunology, University of Colorado Denver

    Contact Information

    • Office: 303.398.1451
    • Fax: 303.270.2325
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    • National Jewish Health Main Campus
      1400 Jackson St.
      Denver, CO 80206

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