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Dr. Rafael Meza PhD




Dr. Rafael Meza is associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and co-leader of the Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. He received a BSc in applied mathematics from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), and his PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Washington. After his PhD, Dr. Meza completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - and a three-year fellowship at the University of British Columbia Centre for Disease Control.Dr. Meza's research interests lie at the interface of epidemiology, biostatistics and biomathematics. In particular, he is interested in cancer risk assessment and the analysis of cancer epidemiology data using mechanistic models of carcinogenesis. He is also interested in the mathematical modeling of chronic and infectious disease dynamics and its applications in disease prevention public health policy design. Dr. Meza is Coordinating Principal Investigator of the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) lung group. He is also Honorary Professor at the Mexico National Institute of Public Health (INSP), and a member of Mexico’s National System of Investigators (SNI Level II). Currently, Dr. Meza is developing models to evaluate the impact of screening and smoking cessation on lung cancer risk. Additional projects include the development of methodologies to investigate the effects of infectious disease dynamics on the risk of cancers with infectious disease etiology, particularly HPV-related cancers, assessing the acceptability of HPV screening in indigenous and minority populations in Latin America, and modeling the impact of policies on tobacco use.