Dr. Tarrant

Dr. Tarrant received her medical degree from the University of Florida and completed her Internal Medicine and combined fellowship training in Rheumatology and Allergy Immunology at Duke University.   She joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina and the Thurston Arthritis Research Center in 2005.   Dr. Tarrant's clinical interests are in treating patients with immunologic disorders including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, and immune deficiency with autoimmune manifestations such as Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID). Her research interests encompass the study of abnormal leukocyte migration and chemokine receptor signaling in autoimmunity, immune deficiency, and cancer metastasis.

In the clinic: Dr. Tarrant is board certified in both Rheumatology and Allergy & Immunology. She sees patients from both specialties with a particular expertise in Rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's Syndrome, and immunodeficiency disorders.

At the bench: Dr. Tarrant heads a research team that seeks to understand the relationship between how white blood cells move abnormally in both inflammatory and immunodeficiency disorders. Using biochemistry, molecular biology, and disease models, her lab enhances our understanding of how the improper movement of immune cells in the body can lead to disease. Her current laboratory work focuses on regulatory proteins that may be important in the treatment of autoimmune disease and the regulation of cancer cells. In characterizing the regulators of this process, she hopes to identify new drug targets to treat patients who suffer from these illnesses. To further the success of these endeavors, Dr. Tarrant works together with other UNC scientists in the Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC), the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (CICBDD), the departments of Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Genetics, and Microbiology and Immunology.

In the classroom: Dr. Tarrant supervises medical students, clinical fellows, and post-doctoral candidates in the clinic.

In the lab: Dr. Tarrant has a cadre of rotational students, undergraduates, pre- and post-doctoral students who are active in the varied biomedical research topics discussed under "The Science."


Teresa Tarrant, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

2012 - Rheumatology Research foundation Innovative Targeted Disease Award

2009 - UNC Nominee for the National Rita Allen Award

2008 - James W. Woods Faculty Award, UNC

2006 - Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women's Health Scholar Award, UNC

2005 - Senior Rheumatology Fellow Award, American College of Rheumatology

2004 - Physician Scientist Development Award, ACR Research Education Foundation

Grants and Collaborative Projects
NIH/NIAID K01AI091863 7/1/2012 - 6/30/2017
Modeling Lymphocyte Chemokine Receptor Dynamics and Polarization Signals

NIH/NIAMS 1R01AR063132 7/1/2012 - 6/30/17
Differential regulation of autoimmune arthritis by monocyte subsets

Rheumatology Research Foundation 7/1/2012 - 6/30/2014
Tarrant PI
Validating GPSM3 as a key regulator of monocyte-driven inflammatory arthritis

NIH/NIAMS 1R03AR059286 8/1/2011 - 7/31/2014
Tarrant PI
G protein-coupled receptor kinase 3 regulation of leukocyte function in inflammatory arthritis