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Sebastian Otero



  • MD/PhD Student

College Unit(s)

Biography and Education


B.A. Anthropology - University of Chicago


Current Year: M1


My research interests lie within the intersection of clinical and translational research and medical anthropology. These interests involve science and technology studies, phenomenology, neonatal bioethics, and infectious diseases. Using a multidisciplinary approach, I hope to investigate the impact of early childhood microbial exposures to understand the importance of microbial colonization to early-life development. 

Selected Publications

Shanes, E. D., Miller, E. S., Otero, S., Ebbott, R., Aggarwal, R., Willnow, A. S., Ozer, E. A., Mithal, L. B., & Goldstein, J. A. (2022). Placental Pathology After SARS-CoV-2 Infection in the Pre-Variant of Concern, Alpha / Gamma, Delta, or Omicron Eras. International journal of surgical pathology, 10668969221102534. Advance online publication.

Mithal LB, Otero S, Simons LM, Hulquist JD, Miller ES, Ozer EA, Shanes ED, Goldstein JA. Low-level SARS-CoV-2 viremia coincident with COVID placentitis and stillbirth. Placenta. 2022;121:79-81. doi:10.1016/j.placenta.2022.03.003

Otero S, Mithal LB, Kahn A, Willnow A, Patel AB, Arshad AM. A Survey of SARS-CoV-2 Positive Healthcare Providers: Household Prevention Measures and Stress Early in the Pandemic. Antimicrobial Stewardship & Healthcare Epidemiology

Sukhanova, M, Mithal, LB, Otero, S, Azad, HA, Miller, ES, Jennings, LJ, Shanes, ED, Goldstein, JA Maternal vs Fetal Origin of Placental Intervillous Thrombi [published online ahead of print, 2021 Sep 21]. Am J Clin Pathol. 2021;aqab139. doi:10.1093/ajcp/aqab139

Fisher SA, Goldstein JA, Mithal LB, Isaia AL, Shanes ED, Otero S, Miller ES. Laboratory Analysis of Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Pregnant Patients with SARS-CoV-2 Infection [published online ahead of print, 2021 Aug 14]. Am J Obstet Gynecol MFM. 2021;3(6):100458. doi:10.1016/j.ajogmf.2021.100458

Shanes ED, Otero S, Mithal LB, Mupanomunda CA, Miller ES, Goldstein JA. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Vaccination in Pregnancy: Measures of Immunity and Placental Histopathology [published online ahead of print, 2021 May 11]. Obstet Gynecol. 2021;10.1097/AOG.0000000000004457. doi:10.1097/AOG.0000000000004457

Mithal LB, Otero S, Shanes ED, Goldstein JA, Miller ES. Cord Blood Antibodies following Maternal COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2021 Apr 1:S0002-9378(21)00215-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2021.03.035

Vollbrecht H, Arora VM, Otero S, Carey KA, Meltzer DO, Press VG. Measuring eHealth Literacy in Urban Hospitalized Patients: Implications for the Post-COVID World. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Oct 19:1–3. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-06309-9

Shanes ED, Mithal LB, Otero S, Azad HA, Miller ES, Goldstein JA. Placental pathology in COVID-19. Am J Clin Pathol. (2020) 154:23–32. 10.1093/ajcp/aqaa089

Vollbrecht H, Arora V, Otero S, Carey K, Meltzer D, Press VG. Evaluating the Need to Address Digital Literacy Among Hospitalized Patients: Cross-Sectional Observational Study. J Med Internet Res. 2020 Jun 04;22(6):e17519. doi: 10.2196/17519.