Fausto Andres Bustos Carrillo, PhD, MS, MA

Epidemiologist & data scientist

Harris Research Group

Sustainable Sciences Institute

I’m an infectious disease epidemiologist and data scientist at UC Berkeley and the Sustainable Sciences Institute (SSI), a non-profit focused on improving the scientific capacity of developing countries to solve public health and infectious disease problems. At the Harris Research Group in UC Berkeley, I conduct research on viral epidemics in Managua, Nicaragua. As SSI’s Director of Epidemiology and Statistics, I provide epidemiological and biostatistical support to advance SSI’s scientific mission. As SSI’s Program Manager, I help write grants and other reports necessary for the continued operation of SSI’s varied projects. My scientific interests encompass a wide array of health conditions in Nicaragua that I am actively researching, including COVID-19, Zika, chikungunya, dengue, influenza, obesity, and the overall burden of disease. I grew up in Tijuana, Mexico, but San Francisco is home for now. When not rewatching Naruto episodes, I can be found immersed in a good stats book or eating key lime pie.


  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Infectious disease research
  • COVID-19, Zika, chikungunya, & dengue
  • Spatial measurement error
  • Spectrum of arboviral illness
  • Data visualization
  • 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



7 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



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 Intern and STEP Intern

US Department of State,
Office of International Health and Biodefence

Jan 2012 – Aug 2012 Washington, DC

Responsibilities included:

  • Authored internal research and policy/economic analysis papers on polio eradication and neglected tropical diseases
  • Compiled data across the federal government to develop a public diplomacy portfolio and embassy outreach materials for ambassadors to promote US public health research and assistance for World TB Day 2012

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