Throughout her training, she has always been intrigued by microbes and their ability to cause fatal diseases, but in other instances save lives.
As a native of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands she left the beach in the tropics and migrated to the Northeast to begin her research training in Microbiology and Immunology after receiving her B.S. in Biology. Her continued passion for the continued acquisition of knowledge led her to New York Medical College where she received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology. She is also an experienced college educator, having held an adjunct faculty position at PACE University for several years and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Albany College of Pharmacy for one year.
Currently, Odaelys is the Scientist-Educator for the RockEDU Science Outreach program at the Rockefeller University, where she can utilize her passion for teaching and mentoring high school students of all backgrounds, especially those underrepresented in the STEM fields, in ways that foster their love for science and research.