Sabine Ehrt received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, in 1994. As a postdoctoral fellow she started her work on the human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis with Dr. Lee Riley at the Department of International Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Cornell University Medical College and at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1999, Dr. Ehrt joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Ehrt’s research interests are centered on the pathogenesis of tuberculosis and address the role of the macrophage in the immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis and the molecular mechanisms used by the pathogen to establish persistent infections. She is a recipient of an Irma T. Hirschl Career Scientist Award and an Excellence in Mentoring Award from the WMC Postdoctoral Association. Her research program has maintained continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health and is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.