About the Director

Dr. Ostera has an extensive background in microbiology, biochemistry and cell biology. She completed a masters in biochemistry at the University of Buenos Aires, did postgraduate research at Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College, London, U.K., and received her doctoral degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, NIH, where she investigated the pathophysiology of Plasmodium falciparum malaria.

Dr. Ostera is the course director of MICB-502: Interdisciplinary Global Infectious Diseases, a course that explores the biology and epidemiology of tropical and neglected tropical diseases, including health program strategies to deal with these infections in developing countries. Dr. Ostera is currently working on the public health impact of human migratory patterns and the prevalence of neglected diseases of poverty in immigrant populations.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Ph.D., Georgetown University.
  • M.S./B.A., Biochemistry, University of Buenos Aires.