Diana Rojas


Doctor of Medicine, Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia
Specialist in Epidemiology, Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia
Master of Science, Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia

Hometown: La Guajira, Colombia
Research Interests: I am interested in infectious diseases epidemiology, especially transmission dynamics and modeling of dengue and other emerging infectious diseases. Dengue is the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne viral disease in the world. That is why we need to do research about the dengue transmission dynamics in the countries more affected, and model the impact effective interventions to control this disease.
Long-term career goals: I will plan to use all I learn in this graduate program to do apply research about prevention and interventions in infectious diseases of global impact.
Date Accomplishments
May 2017 Coauthored paper published in Nature: Metsky HC, Matranga CB, Wohl S, Schaffner SF, Freije CA, Winnicki SM, West K, Qu J, Baniecki ML, Gladden-Young A, Lin AE, Tomkins-Tinch CH, Ye SH, Park DJ, Luo CY, Barnes KG, Shah RR, Chak B, Barbosa-Lima G, Delatorre E, Vieira YR, Paul LM, Tan AL, Barcellona CM, Porcelli MC, Vasquez C, Cannons AC, Cone MR, Hogan KN, Kopp EW, Anzinger JJ, Garcia KF, Parham LA, Ramírez RMG, Montoya MCM, Rojas DP, Brown CM, Hennigan S, Sabina B, Scotland S, Gangavarapu K, Grubaugh ND, Oliveira G, Robles-Sikisaka R, Rambaut A, Gehrke L, Smole S, Halloran ME, Villar L, Mattar S, Lorenzana I, Cerbino-Neto J, Valim C, Degrave W, Bozza PT, Gnirke A, Andersen KG, Isern S, Michael SF, Bozza FA, Souza TML, Bosch I, Yozwiak NL, MacInnis BL, Sabeti PC. Zika virus evolution and spread in the Americas. Nature. 2017 May 24. doi: 10.1038/nature22402. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28538734
Invited to a workshop at the World Health Organization on Zika virus (ZIKV) trial design, endpoints, and site selection in June in Geneva, Switzerland
Received a scholarship to take three modules at the 9th Annual Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID) at University of Washington in Seattle, WA
April 2017 Paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America online: Spread of Zika virus in the Americas. Zhang Q, Sun K, Chinazzi M, Pastore Y Piontti A, Dean NE, Rojas DP, Merler S, Mistry D, Poletti P, Rossi L, Bray M, Halloran ME, Longini IM Jr, Vespignani A. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Apr 25. pii: 201620161. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1620161114. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28442561
Quoted in UFHealth Newsroom story: Data analysis looks at Zika’s introduction to Americas, predicts microcephaly cases
October 2016 Paper published in Global Health Research and Policy: Usman A, Ball JD, Rojas DP, Berhane A, Ghebrat Y, Mebrahtu G, Gebresellasie A, Zehai A, Mufunda J, Liseth O, Haque U, Chanda E. Dengue fever outbreaks in Eritrea, 2005–2015: A case for strengthening surveillance, control and reporting. Global Health Research and Policy. 2016 Oct 26;1(17). DOI: 10.1186/s41256-016-0016-5