Fausto Andres Bustos Carrillo, PhD

Epidemiologist & data scientist

I’m an ORISE Data Science Fellow collaborating with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. I provide data analytic expertise, computational and statistical assistance, and substantive scientific knowledge to various NIAID divisions in furtherance of their research missions. In addition, I am an award-winning infectious disease epidemiologist specializing in COVID-19, Zika, chikungunya, and dengue. Since 2015, I have conducted epidemiological, clinical, and spatial research on epidemics of these viral diseases in Managua, Nicaragua. When not watching science fiction or cooking-centric reality TV shows, you’ll find me immersed in a good stats book and eating key lime pie.


  • Data science & visualization
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Infectious disease research
  • COVID-19, Zika, chikungunya, & dengue
  • Spatial measurement error
  • R & the tidyverse


  • PhD in Epidemiology, 2020

    University of California, Berkeley

  • MA in Biostatistics, 2019

    University of California, Berkeley

  • MS in Epidemiology, 2014

    Harvard University

  • BA in Human Biology, 2012

    Stanford University

  • BA in Political Science, 2012

    Stanford University



8 years of experience, preferred statistical programming language


2 years of experience

Epidemiology & Statistics

8 years of graduate training


Intermediate user

ArcGIS & SaTScan

Intermediate user


Native English and Spanish speaker

Research experience


Director of Epidemiology and Statistics

Sustainable Sciences Institute

Jun 2020 – Aug 2021 San Francisco, CA

Responsibilities included:

  • Research the clinical and spatial aspects of dengue, chikungunya, Zika, and COVID-19 epidemics in Managua, Nicaragua
  • Contribute to many research projects at the Sustainable Sciences Institute and the Harris research program at UC Berkeley
  • Provide epidemiological and biostatistical support to colleagues in Ecuador; at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and at the National University of Singapore

PhD Candidate and Graduate Student Researcher

University of California, Berkeley

Aug 2014 – May 2020 Berkeley, California

Responsibilities included:

  • Analyzed clinical, epidemiological, and spatio-temporal aspects of Zika, chikungunya, and dengue virus epidemics in the Pediatric Dengue Cohort Study (N ≈ 4,050)
  • Worked collaboratively with ~200 colleagues to design new studies
  • Taught R and applied statistics workshops to members of my research group

Research Intern and Guest Researcher

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Enteric Disease Epidemiology Branch

Aug 2013 – Feb 2017 Atlanta, Georgia

Responsibilities included:

  • Combined, cleaned, and verified data in multiple federal and state databases
  • Analyzed all reported cases of campylobacteriosis in the US from 2004 - 2012
  • Helped to design data intake forms that CDC used for ill American travelers returning from locales experiencing the MERS-CoV epidemic

Research Assistant

Various Research Groups

May 2009 – May 2014

Conducted research on:

  • Influenza epidemiology at Harvard University, 2013 - 2014
  • Political communication at Stanford University, 2011
  • Cellular development of corn at the University of California, San Diego, 2010
  • Molecular genetics of corn at Stanford University, 2009 - 2012