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Denisse Vega Ocasio earned her PhD at the University of Rochester Medical Center with a focus on Translational Biomedical Sciences Program (Infection and Immunity: From Molecules to Populations [IIMP] track). She earned her master’s degree in public health and health policy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Prior to that, Denisse received her bachelors in cellular-molecular biology from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. Before starting her PhD, she served as an intern in the World Health Organization European Region where she took part on different project from the Communication and Advocacy Division and Better Labs for Better Health Division. This experience sparked in her an interest in contributing to policy development and advocacy. Her overall career goal is to become a global health researcher working on infectious diseases at both the molecular and population levels in fragile ecological environments. She also aspires to become a science policy leader and to address key ethical issues in global health research and public health intervention.
My research seeks to understand how psychosocial distress could impact an individual’s ability to mount an effective immune response in individuals exposed to mosquito-borne illness. Her research is currently being conducted in peri-urban communities of Machala, Ecuador.
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