Tenure-Track Faculty

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Diego F. Cuadros

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 400G Braunstein Hall
Tel: 513-556-3421


  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2011 (Biology).
  • B.S., Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Columbia 1004 (Biology).


Research Areas: Medical and health geography, GIS applications in epidemiology, mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, host-pathogen and pathogen-pathogen interactions, health economics assessment

Dr. Diego Cuadros is a Biologist/Epidemiologist with strong mathematical and computational skills. He is interested in medical geography and quantitative epidemiology, particularly in the study of spatial patterns of disease distribution, and pathogen-pathogen interactions. Early during his carrier his research focused on understanding the role of biological cofactors as drivers of the variability in HIV transmission and epidemic trajectory across sub-Saharan Africa. During his postdoctoral training at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, he focused on understanding the spatial patterns of geographical distribution of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C virus. He is currently working for the Africa Centre for Population Health investigating the drivers of the geographical distribution of HIV infection in South Africa. Also, as a consultant for the World Bank, he has conducted studies associated with mathematical modeling and resource allocation, focusing on identification and comparison of currently available HIV allocative efficiency tools. Diego earned his Ph.D. degree in Biology at the University of Kentucky and holds a B.Sc. degree in Biology from the National University of Colombia.

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 4000 Medical and Health Geography
  • GEOG 5131 GIS and Public Health
  • GEOG 6015 Introduction to Landscape Ecology

Selected Publications

  • Cuadros DF, Miller D, Nagelkerke N, Abu-Raddad LJ. 2015. Association between HCV infection and diabetes type 2 in Egypt: Is it time to split up? Annals of Epidemiology In Press.
  • Cuadros DF, Branscum A, Miller D, Awad SF, Abu-Raddad LJ. 2015. Are geographical “cold spots” of male circumcision driving differential HIV dynamics in Tanzania? Frontiers in Public Health 3: 218.
  • Cuadros DF, Branscum A, Miller D, Abu-Raddad LJ. 2014. Spatial epidemiology of hepatitis C virus infection in Egypt: Analyses and implications Hepatology 60: 1150–1159.
  • Cuadros DF, Abu-Raddad LJ. 2014. Spatial variability in HIV prevalence declines in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Health & Place Journal 28: 45-49.
  • Cuadros DF, Abu-Raddad LJ, Awad SF, García-Ramos G. 2014. Use of agent-based simulations to design and interpret HIV clinical trials. Computers in Biology and Medicine 50: 1-8.

Awards and Honors

  • Gertrude Flora Ribble Graduate Fellowship in Biology. Department of Biology, University of Kentucky (2011)
  • Dean's Scholarship. College of Arts & Science, University of Kentucky. (2011)

Graduate Students and Postdocs