About the author

From August 2019, Paula Moraga (https://paula-moraga.github.io/) will be a Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath, UK. Currently, she is a researcher at Lancaster University, and previously she held academic positions at Queensland University of Technology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Harvard School of Public Health.

Paula has worked in statistical research for over a decade, with a strong focus on spatial epidemiology and modeling. She has developed innovative statistical methods and open-source software for disease surveillance, and her work has directly informed strategic policy in reducing disease burden in several countries. Past projects include the development of modeling architectures to understand the spatio-temporal patterns and identify targets for intervention of malaria in Africa, leptospirosis in Brazil, and cancer in Australia. Paula has worked on the development of a number of R packages for disease modeling, detection of clusters, and travel-related spread of disease, and is the author of SpatialEpiApp, a Shiny web application for the analysis of spatial and spatio-temporal disease data.

Paula has lectured biostatistics and spatial statistics courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels at Universities in United Kingdom, Australia and Ethiopia, and has been invited to deliver training courses on disease mapping and R at international workshops. She has also created online educational materials that impact learning on a large scale, and has published extensively on statistical methodology, software, and health and environmental applications.

Paula received her Bachelor’s in Mathematics and her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Valencia, Spain, and her Master’s in Biostatistics from Harvard University, USA.