Dr. Pastrana received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health. She has been a member of the Laboratory of Cellular Oncology since 1998, with a pause from 2005-2008 that was spent researching immunotoxins at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology. She is currently a Senior Technical Laboratory Manager. Her research interests lie in two viral families: papilloma and polyomaviridae. She has developed in vitro neutralization assays for both families, contributed to understanding the pathology of the seventh human Polyomavirus (HPyV7), and is a co-inventor in a patent to formulate a vaccine for BK and JC polyomaviruses that can potentially decrease disease burden due to these viruses in transplant organ recipients.