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Past Postdoctoral Member: Anarina Le Murillo, Ph.D.

Anarina Le Murillo, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1720 2nd Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022
Phone: (205) 975-4966
Full CV

Anarina Murillo completed her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences with a certificate in statistics at Arizona State University under the mentorship of Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez and Dr. Jiaxu Li. She also received an M.S. in Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences and a B.S. in Psychology at Arizona State University.


  • Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, - Ph.D., 2016
  • Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ - M.S., 2013
  • Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ - B.S., 2010

Research Interests:

Her main research interests lie in the application of statistical methods and mathematical modeling to study questions in public health. She is especially interested in topics related to diabetes, obesity, nutrition, health disparities, cardiovascular diseases, epidemiology, chronic diseases, and other areas of mathematical biology. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the UAB Statistical Genetics Training Program and is collaborating on research projects involving statistical and statistical genomics methodology pertaining to obesity and other cardiovascular diseases.


  • 2016
  • 2014
  1. Bichara D, Holechek SA, Castro JV, Murillo AL, and Castillo-Chavez C. “On the Dynamics of Dengue Disease 2 with Residence Times and Vertical Transmission.” Letters in Biomathematics, 3(1), pg 140-160, (2016).
  2. 2. Murillo AL, Safan M, Castillo-Chavez C, Capaldi Phillips ED, and Wadhera D. “Modeling Eating Behavors: the Role of Environment and Food Association Learning via a Ratatouille Effect.” Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, 13(4), pg 841-855, (2016).  
  1. Murillo D, Holechek SA, Murillo AL, Sanchez F, and Castillo-Chavez C. “Vertical Transmission in a Two-Strain Model of Dengue Fever.” Letters in Biomathematics, 1(2), pg 249-271, (2014).
  2. Vera DM, Hora RA, Murillo A, Wong JF, Torre AJ, Wang D, Boulay D, Hancock K, Katz JM, Ramos M, Loayza L, Quispe J, Reaves EJ, Bausch DG, Chowell G, and Montgomery JM. “Assessing the impact of public health interventions on the transmission of pandemic H1N1 influenza a virus aboard a Peruvian navy ship.” Influenza and other respiratory viruses, 8(3), pg 353-359, (2014).



Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
The trainee's projects are supported by Grant Number T32HL072757 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute or the National Institutes of Health.

Years: 2017- present, Mentor(s): Hemant K. Tiwari, PhD and Olivia Affuso, PhD

Years: 2016 - 2017, Mentor(s): David B. Allison, PhD and Courtney M. Peterson, PhD
(Obesity Training Program/Nutrition Obesity Research Center, NIDDK/T32DK062710)