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Faces of Science: Sara Del Valle

Sara Del Valle grew up watching her parents—who were missionaries—tend to people suffering from infectious disease. These experiences, coupled with her passion for mathematics, led Sara to develop computer models to study communicable illnesses.
March 4, 2015
Sara Del Valle

Sara Del Valle, Modelling and Simulation

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MODELING AND SIMULATION

Modeling infectious disease with mathematics

While growing up, Sara Del Valle watched her parents tend to people suffering from infectious disease.

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Faces of Science: Sara Del Valle

Later in life she discovered her love for mathematics, but always in the back of her mind was her desire to help stop the spread of infectious disease.

As a Los Alamos scientist, Sara works with her team to develop mathematical and computer models to study diseases such as smallpox, malaria, AIDS and influenza.

Her end goal is to use social media to track outbreaks so that fewer people die from infectious diseases.



Del Valle works for DSA-4's Energy and Infrastructure Analysis group.


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