Luis Graca has an MD from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and a PhD in transplant immunology from Oxford, UK. He developed his post-doctoral research first in Oxford and later at the Institute for Child Health Research in Perth, Australia. He is currently Full Professor of Immunology and Vice-Dean at the University of Lisbon Medical School, directing a research group in Cellular Immunology at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular.
His most significant scientific contributions have been related to the fields of transplantation and autoimmunity. Graca worked on the regulation of antibody production following vaccination and strategies to overcome transplant rejection and the induction of immune tolerance in autoimmunity and allergy. Among these topics, he has been especially interested in the biology of different types of regulatory T cells, namely T follicular regulatory cells – a cell type he co-discovered.
Graca is the chair of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Technical Advisory Group, past-president of the Portuguese Society for Immunology, and past-president of the Sociedade das Ciências Médicas de Lisboa, the oldest medical society in Europe (founded in 1822).
Immunology Full Professor