Department of Microbiology and Immunology
College of Veterinary Medicine
Fascinated by the complexity of the immune system and the various defense mechanisms in place to fight off pathogens, Sabrina Solouki’s research focuses on a range of topics that integrate immunology and microbiology. In the August laboratory, she examines the response of specialized T cells to the bacteria listeria monocytogenes with the aim of potentiating vaccines. These CD8+ T cells are responsible for creating the memory cells needed for recall during a secondary infection to prevent one from getting sick and are important in vaccine development. While working at Cornell, she has been included in peer-reviewed publications and regularly presents her research at the annual American Association of Immunologists Conference.
Sabrina was born and raised in Orange County, CA and attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she received her B.S. in Immunology, Microbiology, and Molecular Genetics with a minor in Political Science. Outside the lab, Sabrina has been active in the policy and intellectual property arena. She is president of the Advancing Science and Policy student organization at Cornell and is an executive board member of the outreach program Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training, whereby she orchestrates events to expose students to career opportunities in science policy and patent law. She is now pursing her PhD at Cornell University, and intends to use the skills she has gained in her doctoral program to jumpstart a career in patent law and policy.
UCLA Scholarship Recognition Award- In Recognition of Achievement & Outstanding Promise (2013)
Frank M Doyle Scholarship (2013)
Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training Certificate (2016)
National Science Foundation Honorable Mention Accolade (2016)
Colman Leadership Certificate (2017)
AAI Young Investigator Award, Upstate Immunology Conference (2017)
Cornell Three-Minute Thesis Competition Finalist (2018)