Jose Herrera-Diestra

Research Associate




Born in Lima, Peru, until now I had spent most of my life in Venezuela. I posses a PhD in Physics from Universidad de Los Andes, Merida - Venezuela. I started by studying complex networks and their influence on diverse systems: social, economic, biology, etc. I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in two periods in University of Texas at Austin (2012-2013 and 2015 - 2017) working on surveillance and immunization strategies of epidemic disease on complex networks. From 2017 to 2019 I started a postdoctoral position at ICTP - SAIFR, Sao Paulo - Brazil, where I focused on application of complex networks and time series analysis on diverse areas: epidemiology, physics, neuroscience and sports performance (soccer). Currently I am a Associate Researcher at the Centro de Simulacion y Modelos at Universidad de Los Andes - Venezuela. I currently work on developing optimal surveillance strategies for epidemic diseases in humans and animals.

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Research/Topics of Interest

Agent-based models
Apply models to public health
Climate/environmental drivers
Compartmental models
Network models
New methods development
Outbreak science
Science communication
Social determinants of health
Social networks/contact patterns
Statistical models
Surveillance/case detection
Time-series models
time series

Pathogens/Diseases of Main Interest/Expertise

Pandemic influenza
Respiratory diseases
Season influenza
Vector-borne diseases
Diseases on animals (Foot and Mouth disease)

Countries of Work/Collaboration

United States



Du Z, Shao Z, Bai Y, Wang L, Herrera-Diestra JL, Fox SJ, Ertem Z, Lau EHY, Cowling BJ. (2022). Reproduction number of monkeypox in the early stage of the 2022 multi-country outbreak. Journal of travel medicine

Herrera-Diestra JL, Tildesley M, Shea K, Ferrari MJ. (2022). Cattle transport network predicts endemic and epidemic foot-and-mouth disease risk on farms in Turkey. PLoS computational biology, 18(8)

Cosenza MG, Herrera-Diestra JL. (2022). Coevolutionary Dynamics with Global Fields. Entropy (Basel, Switzerland), 24(9)

Du Z, Bai Y, Wang L, Herrera-Diestra JL, Yuan Z, Guo R, Cowling BJ, Meyers LA, Holme P. (2022). Optimizing COVID-19 surveillance using historical electronic health records of influenza infections. PNAS nexus, 1(2)

Johann H. Martínez, David Garrido, José L Herrera-Diestra , Javier Busquets, Ricardo Sevilla-Escoboza and Javier M. Buldú. (2020). Spatial and Temporal Entropies in the Spanish Football League: A Network Science Perspective. Entropy, 22(2)

J.L. Herrera-Diestra , J. M. Buldu, Mario Chavez and Johann H. Martinez. (2020). Using symbolic networks to analyse dynamical properties of disease outbreaks. Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 476(2236)

José L Herrera-Diestra, I. Echegoyen, Johann H. Martínez, D. Garrido, Javier Busquets, F. Seirul.lo, and Javier M. Buldú. (2020). Pitch networks reveal organizational and spatial patterns of Guardiola’s F.C. Barcelona. Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, (138)

J.L. Herrera-Diestra , Lauren Ancel Meyers.. (2019). Local risk perception enhances epidemic control. PlOS One, 12(14)

J. C. González-Avella, M. G. Cosenza, J. L. Herrera and K. Tucci. (2014). Emergence and persistence of communities in coevolutionary networks. A Letters Journal Exploring the Frontiers of Physics, (107)

José Luís Herrera, Gilberto González-Parra. (2012). Modelado de enfermedades contagiosas mediante una clase de redes sociales dinámicas. Revista de la Facultad de Ingeniería Universidad Central de Venezuela, 27(2)

J.L.Herrera, M.G.Cosenza, K.Tucci. (2011). Stratified economic exchange on networks. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 390(8)

J. C. González-Avella, V. M. Eguíluz, M. G. Cosenza, K. Klemm, J. L. Herrera, and M. San Miguel. (2006). Local versus global interactions in nonequilibrium transitions: A model of social dynamics. Physical Review E, 73(4)

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