Ostrowski, Nancy

Nancy L. Ostrowski, Ph.D.
Associate director

As associate director, Dr. Nancy Ostrowski is involved in all aspects of the Kinsey Institute’s research, collections, outreach, education, and funding programs.

Prior to joining the Kinsey Institute, Ostrowski held leadership and research roles at the National Institutes of Health—in academia, and in industry. Her research spans humans and animals, and she has made major contributions to understanding the effects of hormones, including testosterone, oxytocin, estrogen, and selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMS).

Ostrowski has also described the role of hormones in modulating and integrating behavior and motivation and published on the following subjects:

Sex differences in brain and behavior
Expression of oxytocin and vasopressin receptor mRNAs and their modulation by hormones
Physiological and behavioral effects of opioids and opiate antagonists
Effects of sexual behavior on immune function