New Faces at the Kinsey Institute

Dr. Nancy Ostrowski, Associate Director

Nancy Ostrowski joined the Kinsey Institute this year as associate director.

Prior to joining the institute, Dr. Ostrowski¸ who holds a Ph.D. in psychobiology, held leadership and research roles at the National Institutes of Health, in academia, and in industry. Nancy has managed research labs in both the private and public sector. She has made notable scientific contributions in understanding the effects of hormones, including testosterone, oxytocin, estrogen, and selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMS).

In this newly developed role at the Kinsey, Dr. Ostrowski is involved in all aspects of the institute’s mission and functions, including research, collections, outreach, education, and external funding.

When asked to share her goals for the Kinsey Institute, she speaks about “the Kinsey legacy-” from “acceptance, tolerance and diversity” to “ground-breaking research.“  Nancy has already made her mark leading the response to the recent Kinsey Institute flooding event.  We wish her continued success as a leader of the Kinsey team.

Dr. Jerry Jesseph, Senior Clinical Research Fellow

When Dr. Sue Carter was gathering a group of local experts to explore the medical consequences of prostate surgery, Liana Zhou suggested that she meet with a Kinsey library researcher, Dr. Jerry Jesseph. A clinical professor at IU School of Medicine, and a highly-respected surgeon in private practice in Bloomington, Dr. Jesseph’s interests and expertise range from stress and autonomic function to cancer and mindfulness. He welcomed the opportunity to join the Prostate Study Group at the Kinsey Institute, and is now lending his expertise and skills to several new projects in development at the institute.

Among Dr. Jesseph’s accomplishments are co-founding of Hospice of Bloomington Hospital, and the Bloomington Multidisciplinary Cancer Program. In addition, he has been Chair of the Data Safety and Monitoring Board and Chair of the Breast Cancer Study Group of the Proton Collaborative Group – structuring and overseeing multi-center clinical trials. Jerry Jesseph has been honored to be the doctor available for the Dalai Lama on his visits to Bloomington. Along with IU School of Medicine Teaching Award and the Humanitarian Award from Bloomington Hospital, he has received, with Jill Bolte Taylor, the Kaloy Prize in Philosophy and Neuroscience.

Though initially recruited for projects on sexual consequences of medical interventions, such as cancer treatment, Dr. Jesseph is already contributing expertise to other projects at Kinsey, such as collaborating with Dr. Stephen Porges on trauma effects and treatments.

"Kinsey researchers have set the standard in the ethical and scientific methods required to discover heretofore invisible factors impacting all aspects of the human condition. I am inspired and honored to be a part of this new era of research."

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