BSc, MS, PhD
Pen Reyes earned her PhD in Molecular Genetics at the University of New South Wales studying genetic diversity in molecular markers used in epidemiological studies of tuberculosis. Currently, she is studying methods for post-implementation cost-effectiveness analyses of health care programs, particularly those of childhood vaccinations in Australia.
Mathematical modelling of infectious disease is of general interest. Recent work involves using mathematical modelling techniques and health economics to evaluate and predict the epidemiological and economic impact of introducing strategies for prevention and treatment of HIV in Australia. She looked at the effect of adherence behaviours and treatment outcomes on the prevalence of drug resistance in HIV transmission.
Past work also involves theoretical studies on the evolution of molecular markers of tuberculosis, specifically modeling the changes in the direct repeat locus as well as variable numbers of tandem repeat loci in the tuberculosis genome.
Broad Research Areas:
Disease Modelling, Mathematical Modelling, Health Economics, Epidemiology
Specific Research Keywords:
Mathematical modelling, Health economics, Infectious diseases, Tuberculosis, HIV, PCV, Rotavirus