Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Carlos  Rivera

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics

Mentor:  Dr. Paolo Casali

Phone:  (956) 331-5537




2020 Ph.D. Molecular Immunology & Microbiology University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
2014 M.S. Chemistry University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
2010 B.S. Biology University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


As a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Paolo Casali's laboratory, I am interested in the molecular genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that underpin the maturation of antibody responses to microbial pathogens as well as autoantibody responses in autoimmunity. Their understanding is critical for the design of effective vaccines to bacterial and viral pathogens as well as devising targeted therapies in systemic autoimmune diseases.


2019 AAI Trainee Abstract Award
2019 Jackson ImmunoResearch Travel Grant
2019 1st Place Poster Presentation Award, Vaccine Development Center of San Antonio Conference
2019 Poster Presentation Award, Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science 10th Annual Frontiers of Translational Science Research Day
2019 Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics Travel Award
2020 UT Health San Antonio SABER (IRACDA) Scholar (NIH K12), Postdoctoral Fellow

Professional Memberships

2015-Present American Association of Immunologists


Yan, H., Fernandez, M., Wang, J., Wu, S., Wang, R., Lou, Z., Moroney, J., Rivera, C.E., Taylor, J.R., Gan, H., Zan, H., Kolvaskyy, D., Liu, D., Casali, P., Xu., Z. B cell endosomal Rab7 promotes TRAF6 K63 polyubiquitination and NF-B activation for antibody class-switching. J. Immunol. 204, 1146-1157 (2020)

Lam, T., Kulp, D.V., Wang, R., Lou, Z., Taylor, J.R., Rivera, C.E., Yan, H., Zhang, Q., Wang, Z., Zan, H., Ivanov, D.N., Zhong, G., Casali, P., Xu., Z. Small Molecule inhibition of Rab7 impairs B cell class switching and plasma cell survival to dampen the autoantibody response in murine lupus. J. Immunol. 197, 3792-3805 (2016).