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Omayra Ortega

Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Statistics

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Omayra Y. Ortega is an assistant professor of mathematics & statistics at Sonoma State University in Sonoma County, California. She earned her Ph.D. (2008) and an M.S. (2005) in applied mathematics and computational sciences from the University of Iowa, where she also was awarded her Masters of Public Health. She earned a B.A. in music and in pure mathematics from Pomona College in 2001. Dr. Ortega has directed the Mathematical Epidemiology Research Group (MERG), an undergrauduate research group, since 2007. Her scholarly interests reflect her expertise in mathematics: mathematical and computational biology, mathematical epidemiology in developing countries, infectious disease epidemiology, and the participation of women and minorities in sciences. Regarding the latter, she has organized an annual Sonia Kovalesky High School Mathematics Day at several institutions including the University of Iowa, ASU’s West campus, Pomona College, and Sonoma State Unioversity in recognition of the day’s namesake, Sonia Kovalevsky, who was one of the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics.

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Research/Topics of Interest

Apply models to public health
Climate/environmental drivers
Compartmental models
Decision models
Forecasting
Geospatial models
Public health application of models
Public health policy/interventions
Science communication
Social determinants of health
Social networks/contact patterns
Statistical models
Surveillance/case detection
Vaccines
health economics

Pathogens/Diseases of Main Interest/Expertise

COVID-19
Diarrheal diseases
Ebola
Malaria
Measles
Neglected tropical diseases
Respiratory diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases
Vaccine-preventable diseases
Vector-borne diseases

Countries of Work/Collaboration

Brazil
Ecuador
United States
Botswana

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