Sabina received her Master’s degree of Science in Microbiology from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu in 1995. She has been working at the Department of Microbiology, Patan Hospital since 1998. In 2009, she registered for a D. Phil in Clinical Medicine from University of Oxford on the project “Antimicrobial resistance and gallbladder carriage of Salmonella Typhi and Salmonella Paratyphi A in Kathmandu, Nepal”.
Her study largely focuses on the prevalence of Salmonella carriage in patients with gallbladder abnormalities, interaction between the bacteria and the surface of gallbladder and the role these carriers play in transmission of typhoid. Her work will also investigate the level of antibodies (IgG) to O antigen or Vi Antigen (S. Paratyphi A and S. Typhi carriers, respectively), and whether this can be used as a marker to detect carriers in the community. In addition, she will also examine if Salmonella carriage is driven by antimicrobial resistance based on the antimicrobial resistance pattern and genotyping of the organism.