Name: Harry Ostrer, MD

Affiliation: Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology and Medicine Director, Human Genetics Program New York University Langone Medical Center

Chapters Contributed: Genetics of Sexual Differentiation

General Biographical Description: Harry Ostrer is Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology, and Medicine and Director of the Human Genetics Program in the Department of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. Dr Ostrer received his undergraduate degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MD degree from Columbia University. He subsequently trained in pediatrics and in medical genetics at Johns Hopkins University and in molecular genetics at the National Institutes of Health. He is the author of over 100 original research and review articles and the books, Non-Mendelian Genetics in Humans (Oxford University Press, 1998) and Essential Medical Genomics (John Wiley and Sons, 2004 with Stuart Brown). Dr Ostrer has received awards from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Skin Cancer Foundation and Weizmann Institute of Science.

Special Interests: Dr Ostrer studies the genetic control of male sexual development as well as the genetic basis of prostate cancer and other cancers and the genetics of Jewish populations. As Director of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory of NYU School of Medicine, he has pioneered with the introduction of many new tests into clinical practice.

Contact Address: Human Genetics Program New York University Langone Medical Center 550 First Avenue, MSB136 New York, NY 10016 USA