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Research interests

My research focuses on the development of spatial statistical methods and open-source software for disease surveillance, and 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. I have worked on the development of a number of R packages for disease modeling, detection of clusters, and travel-related spread of disease, and I am the author of SpatialEpiApp, a Shiny web application for the analysis of spatial and spatio-temporal disease data.

Website: https://paula-moraga.github.io

Teaching interests

I have taught biostatistics and spatial statistics courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels at universities in United Kingdom, Australia and Ethiopia, and I have been invited to deliver training courses on disease mapping and R at international workshops. 

I am the author of the book Geospatial Health Data: Modeling and Visualization with R-INLA and Shiny published by Chapman & Hall/CRC Biostatistics Series.

Education/Academic qualification

Biostatistics, Master in Science, Harvard University

Statistics, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Valencia

Mathematics, Bachelor of Science, University of Valencia


  • Spatial Statistics
  • Bayesian Disease Mapping
  • Public Health Surveillance

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Research Output

Mapping child growth failure across low- and middle-income countries

Local Burden of Disease Child Growth Failure Collaborators, 9 Jan 2020, In : Nature. 577, 7789, p. 231-234 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

DClusterm: Model-Based Detection of Disease Clusters

Gomez-Rubio, V., Moraga, P., Molitor, J. & Rowlingson, B., 22 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Statistical Software. 90, 14, 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Epiflows: an R package for risk assessment of travel-related spread of disease

Moraga, P., Dorigatti, I., Kamvar, Z. N., Piatkowski, P., Toikkanen, S. E., Nagraj, VP., Donnelly, C. A. & Jombart, T., 12 Sep 2019, In : F1000 Research. 7, p. 1-20 20 p., 1374.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

Global, regional, and national burden of neurological disorders, 1990-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016

Moraga, P. & GBD 2016 Neurology Collaborators, 1 May 2019, In : The Lancet Neurology. 18, 5, p. 459-480 22 p.

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Open Access
135 Citations (Scopus)