Sandhya joined the Bonning lab in 2001 and conducted research toward her PhD in Microbiology (2005). She worked on the dicistrovirus, Rhopalosiphum padi virus, and screened multiple cell lines before establishing that a glassy-winged sharpshooter cell line supports replication of this virus. She also worked toward generation of infectious clones of this virus. Sandhya left to conduct postdoctoral research in Florida, and is now a Research Associate at the University of South Florida. She retained her interest in virology and works on Respiratory Syncytial Virus.
Sandhya's PhD dissertation: A Cell Culture System and Production of an Infectious Clone of Rhopalosiphum Padi Virus (Dicistroviridae).