Benedita Barata da Rocha

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Benedita Barata da Rocha (Lisbon, 24 February 1949), is a Portuguese immunologist.[1]

She earned her M.D. 1972 from the University of Lisbon, and her Ph.D. 1978 from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK.[1] She is "directeur de recherche classe exceptionel" (DRCE) of the CNRS and director of a research unit of the INSERM at the Necker Institute, Paris, France. Her major scientific contributions are in the areas of T cell immune tolerance, T cell memory and development of intraepithelial lymphocytes.[2]

In 2007 she received the CNRS Silver Medal award [3] and in 2009 a European Research Council advanced grant. She has published more than 100 research articles.[4]

Major works[edit]

  • Rocha, B; von Boehmer, H (8 March 1991). "Peripheral selection of the T cell repertoire". Science. 251 (4998): 1225–8. doi:10.1126/science.1900951. PMID 1900951. 
  • Tanchot, C; Lemonnier, FA; Pérarnau, B; Freitas, AA; Rocha, B (27 June 1997). "Differential requirements for survival and proliferation of CD8 naïve or memory T cells". Science. 276 (5321): 2057–62. doi:10.1126/science.276.5321.2057. PMID 9197272. 
  • Veiga-Fernandes, H; Walter, U; Bourgeois, C; McLean, A; Rocha, B (July 2000). "Response of naïve and memory CD8+ T cells to antigen stimulation in vivo.". Nature Immunology. 1 (1): 47–53. doi:10.1038/76907. PMID 10881174. 
  • Peaudecerf, L; dos Santos, PR; Boudil, A; Ezine, S; Pardigon, N; Rocha, B (January 2011). "The role of the gut as a primary lymphoid organ: CD8αα intraepithelial T lymphocytes in euthymic mice derive from very immature CD44+ thymocyte precursors.". Mucosal immunology. 4 (1): 93–101. doi:10.1038/mi.2010.47. PMID 20737000. 


  1. ^ a b "Benedita Barata de Rocha, M.D., Ph.D.". European Academy of Tumor Immunology. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Benedita Almeida-Ribeiro Barata da Rocha - La Passion de L'Immunite" (PDF). CNRS. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Médailles d'argent du CNRS". CNRS. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "PubMed Search: Rocha B".