Sobolik, Julia

Julia Sobolik

Emory University

Julia has had longtime interests in infectious diseases and human health, earning a BS in Biology from Oregon State University, an MPH in Global Health from Emory University, and a MS in Microbiology from the University of Washington. Julia is currently finishing her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences at Emory University (Spring 2023). Her thesis research is at the intersection of food safety, exposure assessment for enteric (norovirus) and respiratory (SARS-CoV-2) diseases among essential food workers, as well as laboratory-based methods for detecting pathogens in the environment. Julia is particularly interested in using infectious disease exposure and risk modeling approaches to improve our understanding of how pathogens are transmitted in specific contexts (households, agricultural production etc.) which in turn, can inform targeted intervention strategies to mitigate adverse health outcomes. As a Marshall Sherfield Fellow, Julia plans to expand her research on enteric pathogens into the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector in Professor Jacqueline Knee’s group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In her free time, Julia enjoys musical theatre, museums, her dog Boone, and exploring new cities using public transportation!