Biostatistics Postdoctoral Associate Recognized by UF International Center

Diana Rojas Alvarez, M.D., Ph.D., was honored last month by the University of Florida International Center.  The International Student Awards Ceremony recognizes students who have exemplary academic records and a wide range of other accomplishments.

A Colombia native, Dr. Alvarez graduated with a doctoral degree from the department of epidemiology in August 2017 and is currently working as a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Statistics and Quantitative Infectious Diseases in the department of biostatistics. Her doctoral research explored the epidemiology and transmission dynamics of mosquito borne viruses, such as dengue and Zika, in Latin America and evaluation of interventions that help to prevent these diseases, including vaccines and vector control. She serves on two World Health Organization technical working groups and is part of the Zika group of the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study, or MIDAS, network of the National Institutes of Health. She was also a student member of PHHP’s Curriculum Committee. Ira M. Longini, Ph.D., a professor of biostatistics, was Rojas Alvarez’s advisor and Robert Cook, M.D., M.P.H., a professor of epidemiology and medicine, served as her dissertation committee chair.

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