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Senior Researchers

Dr. Shakir Bilal (sbilal [at] nd [dot] edu) and (shakir [dot] bilal [at] gmail [dot] com)

Shakir is a postdoctoral fellow working in the Michael lab. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Shakir worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Delhi. Shakir received his PhD in Physics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India) in the area of nonlinear dynamics and complex systems. Shakir’s primary research interest lies in investigating effects of biodiversity, ecological complexity, and climate change on infectious diseases, focussing particularly on the persisting and emerging vector-borne microparasitic diseases .


Dr. Rocío Marilyn Caja Rivera (rcajariv [at] nd [dot] edu)

Rocio is a postdoctoral fellow in the Michael lab. She holds her bachelor degree in Mathematical Sciences at “Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos” in Lima, Peru. She got a fellowship from CONACYT-OEA-AMEXCID in Mexico to carry out her Doctoral research in “Control Policies and Vector Behavioral Effects in Vector Host Interactions with Novel Applications for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Peru. She obtained her Doctor in Science degree in Applied Mathematics from CIMAT (Research Center in Mathematics) in Guanajuato, Mexico. Her research interest includes, mathematical modeling the eco-epidemiology dynamics of Latino-America vector-borne diseases in multiple hosts, modeling zoonotic and anthroponotic diseases, vector feeding preferences for specific hosts and behavior of host competences.


Former Members

Dr. Swarnali Sharma (ssharma4 [at] nd [dot] edu)

Swarnali was a postdoctoral fellow in the Michael Lab. Before coming to Notre Dame, Swarnali worked as a research fellow at Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, India. Swarnali received her PhD in Mathematics from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, India and her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics from Jadavpur University, India. Swarnali’s primary research interest lies in modelling infectious diseases and ecological systems to investigate dynamic behavior of those systems.


Yang Xu  (Yang.Xu.88 [at] nd [dot] edu)

Yang is a staff member of the Center for Research Computing at Notre Dame. He earned an M.S. in Applied Computing Mathematics and Statistics, also at Notre Dame. By cooperating with the Michael Lab, Yang’s research focused on model development and the fitting of population dynamics of Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis.