Sophia is an infectious disease epidemiologist in Basta Lab (Disease group, Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University). The primary focus of her work at Basta Lab is to assess the impact of the newly-developed MenAfriVac meningococcal vaccine in the African meningitis belt and to investigate the epidemiology, natural history, and transmission dynamics of bacterial meningitis in this setting. Apart from meningococcal disease, Sophia also has a strong interested in understanding seasonal patterns of other infectious diseases in Africa, the United States and other parts of the world.
Prior to joining EEB Princeton, Sophia studied influenza epidemiology in Cowling Lab (Infectious disease epidemiology group, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong). Her work focused on immune response to vaccines, vaccine efficacy, antiviral treatment, indirect protection in household and immune correlates of protection.