Ricardo Castillo, PhD DVM MSPH

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Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Scholar, Center for Global Health at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Senior Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Department: Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Contact information
Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics
423 Guardian Dr.
Blockley Hall, Rm.715
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 2157467333
BSc (Veterinary Medicine)
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, 2006.
DVM (Veterinary Medicine)
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, 2007.
MSPH (International Health)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014.
PhD (Epidemiology)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014.
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Description of Research Expertise

I study the eco-epidemiology of tropical diseases. My current research uses canine rabies as a model system to understand how the social and spatial features of urban areas influence the emergence and persistence of infectious diseases.

My most recent line of research focuses on urban vaccine-preventable outbreaks. I conduct cluster randomized trials to test optimized mass vaccination strategies. My methodological interests include spatial analysis, optimization of interventions to control infectious disease, and design of community-based studies.

I am a scholar of infectious disease epidemiology with a strong background in quantitative methods, zoonotic disease ecology, and the study of complex systems. I am committed to teaching and research in public health, infectious disease, and epidemiological methods. I am well-versed in designing and conducting observational and experimental community-based studies, as well as laboratory-based research. I have strong data management and analysis skills; and experience with a variety of data sources.

Selected Publications

Ricardo Castillo-Neyra, Sherrie Xie, Brinkley Raynor Bellotti, Elvis W. Diaz, Aris Saxena, Amparo M. Toledo, Gian Franco Condori-Luna, Maria Rieders, Bhaswar B. Bhattacharya, Michael Z. Levy: A mathematical framework to optimize placement of dog rabies campaigns: lessons for future pandemics. Rabies in the Americas Conference, Bogota, Colombia October 2023.

Palmeiro-Silva YK, Yglesias-González M, Blanco-Villafuerte L, Canal-Solis K, Castillo Neyra R, Fernández-Guzmán D, Sarmiento JH, Lavarello R, Lescano AG, Melo O, Paz Soldán VA, Rojas-Rueda D, Romanello M, Salas MF, Takahashi B, Valcárcel A, Buss D, Hartinger S.: The Lancet Countdown South America: increasing health opportunities by identifying the gaps in health and climate change research. The Lancet Regional Health - Americas 5(26): 100605, October 2023.

Laura D Tamayo, Carlos E Condori-Pino, Zoee Sanchez, Raquel Gonçalves, Fernando S Málaga Chávez, Ricardo Castillo-Neyra, Michael Z Levy, Valerie A Paz-Soldan: An effective internet-based system for surveillance and elimination of triatomine insects: AlertaChirimacha. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 17(10): e0011694, October 2023.

Valerie A Paz-Soldán 1, Ariana Valcarcel 2, Katya Canal-Solis 3, Zaray Miranda-Chacon 4, Yasna K Palmeiro-Silva 5, Stella M Hartinger 6, Ana G Suárez-Linares 6, Valeria Falla-Valdez 6, Claudio Intimayta-Escalante 6, Mariana Lehoucq 6, Angelica Pretell 6, Ricardo Castillo-Neyra: A critical analysis of national plans for climate adaptation for health in South America. The Lancet Regional Health - Americas 9(26): 100604, October 2023.

Amelia E. Van Pelt, Rinad S. Beidas, Ana A. Baumann, Ricardo Castillo-Neyra: Recommendations for Empowering Partners to Conduct Implementation Research in Latin America to Advance Global Health. Global Implementation Research and Applications. Springer Nature, 3: 390-399, August 2023.

Chuquista-Alcarraz, Olimpia; Falcón, Néstor; Vigilato, Marco; Rocha, Felipe; Toledo, Gisely; Recuenco, Sergio; Castillo-Neyra, Ricardo: Dog population rabies immunity prior to a mass vaccination campaign in Lima, Peru: vulnerabilities for virus reestablishmen. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 109(2): 420-428, July 2023.

Jennifer L. Rokhsar, Brinkley Raynor, Justin Sheen, Neal D. Goldstein, Michael Z. Levy, Ricardo Castillo-Neyra: Modeling the impact of xenointoxication in dogs to halt Trypanosoma cruzi transmission. PLoS Comput Biol. PLoS, 19(5): e101111, May 2023.

Lizzie Ortiz-Cam, Lisa Jones-Engel, Patricia Mendoza, Ricardo Castillo-Neyra: Association between seroprevalence of measles virus in monkeys and degree of human-monkey contact in Bangladesh. One Health. Elsevier, 17: 100571, May 2023.

Emma Taylor, Elsa Gladys Aguilar-Ancori, Ashley C Banyard, Isis Abel, Clara Mantini-Briggs, Charles L Briggs, Carolina Carrillo, Cesar M Gavidia, Ricardo Castillo-Neyra, Alejandro D Parola, Fredy E Villena, Joaquin M Prada, Brett W Petersen, Nestor Falcon Perez, Cesar Cabezas Sanchez, Moises Sihuincha, Daniel G Streicker, Ciro Maguina Vargas, Ana Maria Navarro Vela, Marco A N Vigilato, Hui Wen Fan, Rodney Willoughby, Daniel L Horton, Sergio E Recuenco: The Amazonian Tropical Bites Research Initiative, a hope for resolving zoonotic neglected tropical diseases in the One Health era. International Health. Oxford Academic, 5(2): 216–223, March 2023.

Claudia Arevalo-Nieto 1, Justin Sheen 2, Gian Franco Condori-Luna 1, Carlos Condori-Pino 1, Julianna Shinnick 2, Jennifer K Peterson 2, Ricardo Castillo-Neyra 2, Michael Z Levy 2: Incentivizing optimal risk map use for Triatoma infestans surveillance in urban environments. PLOS Glob Public Health 2(8): e0000145, August 2022.

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