Ty Sornberger is a graduate student in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt University, mentored by Dr. James E. Crowe, Jr. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2020 with a B.S. in Immunology & Infectious Disease and a B.S. in Pharmacology & Toxicology. His undergraduate research compared the pathology of a novel influenza D virus to established human influenza A, B, and C viruses in human lung cells. Upon graduation, Ty worked in the Pennsylvania State University COVID-19 Testing and Surveillance Center (TASC), running clinical diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2 and assisting with research projects involving SARS-CoV-2 and High-Pathogenicity Avian Influenza (HPAI). Ty entered Vanderbilt University through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) in Fall 2021 and joined the Crowe Lab in Spring 2022. His current research focuses on isolating and characterizing human antibodies against influenza viruses.