Zoher Kapasi, PT, PhD, MBA


Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine


Emory University Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Chief of Outpatient Development

Emory University Department of Rehabilitation Medicine


  • BS, University of Bombay, 1980
  • MSc, University of Bombay, 1984
  • 1991, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1991
  • MBA, Emory University, 2006



  • Emory University School of Medicine Dean’s Teaching Award, 2014
  • Emory University Goizueta Business School judge for Goizueta Marketing Strategy Consultancy Presentations, 2008
  • Beta Gamma Sigma National Scholastic Honor in Business Administration, 2006
  • Indian Association of Physiotherapists Oration Award, 2003
  • Cardiopulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association Award for Best Poster Presentation, 2000
  • John C. Forbes Graduate Student Honors Day Award for Proposed Research Honorable Mention, 1991
  • Department of Anatomy Jack D. Burke Award for Excellence in Cell Biology, 1990-91
  • Department of Anatomy H.L. Osterud Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, 1990-91
  • Medical College of Virginia Certificate of Appreciation for presentation of research poster at the Seventh Annual Daniel T. Watts Graduate Symposium Day, 1990
  • Medical Sciences Section of the Virginia Academy of Science Meeting Second prize for presentation of research paper, 1990
  • Medical Sciences Section of the Virginia Academy of Science Meeting Honorable Mention for presentation of research paper, 1989
  • Indian Association of Physiotherapists Silver Jubilee Conference Jay Surgical Award for the Best Junior Paper, 1987


  • American Council of Academic Physical Therapy
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • International Society of Exercise and Immunology
  • Physical Therapy Association of Georgia


Age-related changes in immune function and the effects of exercise and nutrition on the immune system including mechanisms by which physical exercise and nutrition modulate immune response to infections and vaccines in elderly humans.  Additionally, Dr. Kapasi is researching determinants of referrals for physical therapy in a private practice setting.


Research Articles
  • S.S. Iyer, J.H. Chatraw,* W.G. Tan, E.J. Wherry, T.C. Becker, R. Ahmed, Z.F. Kapasi. 2012. Protein Energy Malnutrition Impairs Homeostatic Proliferation of Memory CD8 T cells. Journal of Immunology, Jan 1;188(1):77-84. Epub 2011 Nov 23.
  • J.H. Chatraw,* E.J. Wherry, R. Ahmed and Z.F. Kapasi. 2008. Diminished Primary CD8 T Cell Response to Viral Infection during Protein Calorie Malnutrition is Due to Changes in Microenvironment and Low Numbers of Viral-Specific CD8 T Cell Precursors. Journal of Nutrition, 138(4):806-12.
  • Z.F. Kapasi, M.L. McRae and R. Ahmed.  2005. Suppression of Viral Specific Primary T Cell Response following Intense Physical Exercise in Young but not Old Mice.  Journal of Applied Physiology, 98:663-671.
  • Z.F. Kapasi, P.Catlin, M. Adams, E. Glass, B. McDonald and A. Nancarrow. 2003.  The Effects of Moderate Physical Exercise Training on Humoral Immunity in Young Mice.  Physical Therapy, 83:638-647.
  • Z.F. Kapasi, J.G. Ouslander, J.F. Schnelle, M. Kutner and J.L. Fahey. 2003. Effects of an Exercise Intervention on Immunologic Parameters in Frail Elderly Nursing Home Residents.  Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 58A (7):636-643.
  • Z.F. Kapasi, K. Murali-Krishna M.L. McRae and R. Ahmed.  2002.  Defective Generation but Normal Maintenance of Memory T Cells in Old Mice.  European Journal of Immunology, 32:1567-1573.
  • Z.F. Kapasi, P. Catlin, J. Beck, T. Kelley and K. Smith. 2001.  The Role of Endogenous Opioids in Exercise-Induced Modulation of Secondary Antibody Response. Physical Therapy, 81:1801-1809.
  • Z.F. Kapasi, P. Catlin, D. Joyner, M. Lewis, A. Schwartz and E. Townsend. 2000.  Effects of Intense Exercise on Secondary Antibody Response in Young and Aged Mice. Physical Therapy, 80:1076-1086.
  • Z.F. Kapasi, D. Qin, W.G. Kerr, M.H. Kosco-Vilbois, L.D. Shultz, J.G. Tew and A.K. Szakal.  1998. Follicular Dendritic Cell (FDC) Precursors in Primary Lymphoid Tissues.  Journal of Immunology, 160:1078-1084.
  • Z.F. Kapasi, G.F. Burton, L.D. Shultz, J.G. Tew and A.K. Szakal. 1993. Induction of functional Follicular dendritic cell development in severe combined immunodeficient mice (SCID) mice: the influence of B and T cells. Journal of Immunology, 150, 2648-2658.
Review Articles
  • C.C. Goodman and Z.F. Kapasi. 2002. The Effect of Exercise on the Immune System.  Rehabilitation Oncology, 20:13-15.
  • G.F. Burton, Z.F. Kapasi, D. Qin, and J. Wu.  2001.  Follicular Dendritic Cells (B-lymphocyte stimulating).  In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, Macmillan Reference Ltd.
  • A.K. Szakal, Z.F. Kapasi, S.T. Haley and J.G. Tew. 1995. A Theory of Follicular Dendritic Cell Origin. In: Current topics in Microbiology and Immunology, Vol. 201: Kosco-Vilbois (ed) An antigen depository of the immune system. Springer-Verlag: New York, 1995: 1-13.
  • A.K. Szakal, Z.F. Kapasi, A. Masuda and J.G. Tew. 1992. Follicular dendritic cells in the alternative antigen transport pathway: microenvironment, cellular events, age and retrovirus related alterations. Seminars in Immunology, 4: 257-265.
Symposium Contributions
  • A.K. Szakal, Z.F. Kapasi, S.T. Haley and J.G. Tew. 1994. Multiple lines of evidence favoring a bone marrow derivation of follicular dendritic cells (FDC). In Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 378: 267-272.
  • R.E. Caffrey, Z.F. Kapasi, S.T. Haley, J.G. Tew and A.K. Szakal. 1993. DHEAS enhances germinal center responses in old mice. In: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 355: 225-229.
  • Z.F. Kapasi, G.F. Burton, L.D. Shultz, J.G. Tew and A.K. Szakal. 1993. Cellular requirements for functional reconstitution of follicular dendritic cells in SCID mice. In: Dendritic Cells in Fundamental and Clinical Immunology. Hoefsmit, E.C.M., and Nieuwenhuis, P. Editors. Plenum Publishing Corporation, New York, pp. 383-386.
  • A.K. Szakal,  Z.F. Kapasi, L.D. Shultz, G.F. Burton, M.H. Kosco, and J.G. Tew. 1991. Reconstitution of Follicular Dendritic Cell (FDC) Defect in SCID Mice with Isogenic and Xenogeneic Bone Marrow and Lymphocytes. Lymphatic Tissues and In Vivo Immune Responses, eds., Imhof, Berrih-Aknin and Ezine, 119:691-695.
  • Z.F. Kapasi, M.H. Kosco, L.D. Shultz, J.G. Tew and A.K. Szakal. 1993. Cellular origin of follicular dendritic cells. In: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 355: 231-235.
  • Z.F. Kapasi, M.T. Shahani and D.H. Dastoor. 1987. Study of Maximal Isometric Strength of Human Quadriceps Femoris Muscle in Various Age Groups in Males. Physiotherapy., 3:1, 19-22.
Book Chapters
  • Z.F. Kapasi and Beth P. Davis. Managing Human Resources. 2014. In: Private Practice: The How-To Manual, 2nd Edition, Sanders, JS, McMenamin and Sanders, K. Eds. American Physical Therapy Association, Private Practice Section Publication. Book Chapter 5, 43-66
  • Z.F. Kapasi. Exercise and the Immune System. 2013. In: The Rehabilitation Specialist’s Handbook, 4th Edition, Roy, SH, Wolf SL and Scalzitti, DA. Eds. FA Davis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Section IX, Geriatrics, 687-688.
  • Z.F. Kapasi and C.C. Goodman. 2009. The Immune System. In: Pathology – Implications for the Physical Therapist, Goodman, CC. and Fuller, KS. Eds. Saunders, Inc. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Book Chapter 7, 241-297.
  • Z.F. Kapasi.  2006. The Immune System and Infectious Disease and Disorders.  In: Physical Therapy in Acute Care – A Clinician’s Guide,  Malone, D. and Bishop-Lindsay, K. Eds. Slack, Inc. Thorofare, New Jersey, Book Chapter 5, 111-138.
  • J.G. Tew,  Z.F. Kapasi, D. Qin, and A.K. Szakal. 1999. Origin of Follicular Dendritic Cells. In: Dendritic Cells-Biology and Clinical Applications, Lotze M.T. and Thomson A.W., Eds. Academic Press Ltd., London, U.K., Chapter 4, 51-62.
  • Z.F. Kapasi, S.T. Haley, J.G. Tew and A.K. Szakal. 1995. Origin of Follicular Dendritic Cells. In: Follicular Dendritic Cells in Normal and Pathological Conditions, Heinen E. Ed. R.G. Landes Company, Austin, Chapter 3, 23-34.
  • G.F. Burton, Z.F. Kapasi, A.K. Szakal and J.G. Tew. 1994. The Generation and Maintenance of Antibody and B Cell Memory: The Role of Retained Antigen and Follicular Dendritic Cells. In: Strategies in Vaccine Design, Medical Intelligence Unit, Ada G.L. Ed. R.G. Landes Company, Austin, Chapter 3, 35-49.
  • J.G. Tew, G.F. Burton, A. Masuda, Z.F. Kapasi and A.K. Szakal, 1992. Dendritic Cells as Accessory Cells. In: Immune System Accessory Cells, Fornusek, L. and Vetvicka, V. Eds. CRC Press, Inc. Boca Raton Florida, Chapter 7, 131-160.