Start Center - Strategic Analysis, Research & Training Center

Santiago Estrada

PhD Student in Epidemiology

Santiago Estrada is a PhD student in Epidemiology at the University of Washington. Santiago holds an MPH in Epidemiology from San Diego State University and a BS in Microbiology from the University of California, Davis. Santiago has worked on studies that have covered a diversity of subjects: in-home smoking, intimate partner violence in persons who use methamphetamine, and epilepsy in children with cerebral palsy (to name a few). Santiago enjoys data analysis and using programming languages to solve difficult problems. He has experience in Python, R, Java, C++, SAS, and other languages. His research interests lie in quantifying mortality and survival in persons with mental illness, particularly personality disorders. He also enjoys teaching, having been a teaching assistant for courses in epidemiology, Java programming, and SAS programming.

Santiago worked on four projects during his two year engagement at START, acting as the Project Manager for one of them. Below are highlights from two of the projects Santiago worked on:

  • Malaria Molecular Surveillance M&E Framework: The START team conducted a basic literature review in concert with key informant interviews from Foundation partners to update a draft M&E framework that initially stemmed from a conference in Dakar, February 2020. The updates to this framework were accompanied by a “how-to” guide in word document format that explained how new grantees could use that framework to plan for M&E in their own contexts and grants.
  • Routine Immunization Strengthening in Polio High-Risk Geographies – Gender Integration: The START team conducted a review on academic and grey literature, as well as key informant interviews, to identify how gender interfaces with routine immunization activities in 10 focus geographies. These interactions were not limited to equal coverage of antigens, but included the influence of dynamics at the individual, household, community, health system, and policy level.