University of Chicago
Alaa Ousta, MD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Chicago Section of Emergency Medicine. She is currently appointed as the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s T32 grant awardee through the Cardiovascular Sciences Training Program. Alaa Ousta earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at the American University of Beirut in June 2015. She then earned her MD degree at the American University of Beirut in May 2019. As a young investigator, she contributed to multiple research papers, focusing primarily on clinical and public health projects.
Guided by her mentor Dr. Willard Sharp, she developed an interest in basic sciences. As a T32 awardee she is currently trying to understand the fundamental mechanisms that contribute to brain injury after cardiac arrest. Given the complex cellular and molecular pathways that lead to such outcomes, Alaa is focusing on the neurologic inflammatory mechanisms behind the damage in a murine model. She believes that her investigations combined with her clinical background can help discover new ways to improve the quality of life of cardiac arrest survivors.
Alaa has a strong passion for Emergency Medicine and hopes to further the translation of new discoveries being made at the bench into therapeutic realities for patients. As her next step, she wishes to pursue residency training in emergency medicine (EM) and ultimately become a physician-scientist. By combining her passion for EM with her gained scientific expertise, Alaa ultimately aims to contribute to the development of the field EM all the while translating new discoveries into clinical practice.
Disclosure: National Heart, Lung, and Blood institute, NIH (Individual(s) Involved: Self): Research Grant
Thursday, May 14, 2020
1:00 PM – 1:08 PM