Graduate training: PhD, Ohio State University
Post-doctoral training: Vanderbilt University and UAB
Dr. Sabbaj is interested in studying HIV-specific T cells from different compartments and their role in the pathogenesis of HIV infection. Both T cells isolated from peripheral blood as well as from breast milk of HIV-infected women have been studied in her lab in order to understand how T cells control HIV. Most recent interests lie in understanding how some HIV-infected individuals are able to control viral load to undetectable or very low levels without the use of ART and the role HLA-E plays in this control. Additional interests include studying T cell responses in the female genital tract.