Sahar Lotfi-Emran

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases


Administrator Info
Name: Drew Keup

Dr. Lotfi-Emran is a physician-scientist trained clinically in Rheumatology with a doctorate in Immunology. She received her MD and PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed her Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology Fellowship at University of Minnesota. Dr. Lotfi-Emran believes that understanding immunopathology mechanisms of autoimmune diseases will provide patients with answers as to and how and why they are sick. She is developing a basic science and translational research program examining the intersection of infection and autoimmunity through the lens of tissue resident immune networks. Currently, as a member of Dr. David Masopsust’s lab, she is focused on the interplay between viral infections, establishment of CD8+ T resident memory cells, and inflammatory arthritis.

Research Summary

  • Mouse models of inflammatory arthritis
  • Natural microbial exposure mouse models CD8+ T cells
  • Tissue resident memory cells

Teaching Summary

Bench research on inflammatory arthritis

Clinical Summary

Rheumatologic, autoimmune and autoinflammatory disorders, including inflammatory arthritis


MD, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Honors and Recognition

Medical Student Preceptorship Award (2015-2016), Rheumatology Research Foundation
Scientist Development Award (2019-2022), Rheumatology Research Foundation

Professional Memberships

American College of Rheumatology, Member