Daniel Romero-Alvarez

Doctoral aspirant
Primary office:
Dyche Hall


Advisor: A. Townsend Peterson
Research interests: Mapping the risk of infectious diseases- Ecological niche modeling applied to Public Health- Epidemics and outbreak surveillance
Hometown: Quito, Ecuador



  • Medical Doctor



  • Román, J. P., García, F., Medina, D., Vásquez, M., García, J., Graham, M. R., Romero-Alvarez, D., Pardal, P. D. O., Ishikawa, E. Y., Borges, A. (2017). Scorpion envenoming in Morona Santiago, Amazonian Ecuador: Molecular phylogenetics confirms involvement of species in the Tityus obscurus group. Acta tropica, 178: 1–9 (IF = 2.22). 
  • Escobar, L. E., Romero-Alvarez, D., Carver, S., VandeWoude, S., Crooks, K., Lappin, M. R., Craft, M. (2017). Inferring the ecological niche of environmentally transmitted pathogens: Toxoplasma gondii and Bartonella spp. in wild felids. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 4: 172. (IF = NA).
  • de Oliveira, S. V., Romero-Alvarez, D., Martins, T. F., dos Santos, J. P., Labruna, M. B., Gaceta, G.S., Escobar, L. E., Gurgel-Gonçalves, R. (2017). Amblyomma ticks and future climate: Range contraction due to climate warming. Acta Tropica, 176: 340–348 (IF = 2.22).
  • Romero-Alvarez, D., Escobar, L. E., Varela, S., Larkin, D. J., Phelps N. B. D. (2017). Forecasting distributions of an aquatic invasive species (Nitellopsis obtusa) under future climate scenarios. PLoS One, 12: e0180930 (IF = 3.54).
  • Romero-Alvarez, D., Peterson, A. T., Escobar, L. E. (2017). Surveillance fatigue (fatigatio vigilantiae) during epidemics. Revista Chilena de Infectología, 34: 289–290 (IF = 0.34).
  • Romero-Alvarez, D. & Escobar, L. E. (2017). Vegetation loss and the 2016 Oropouche fever outbreak in Peru. Memorias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, 112: 292–298 (IF = 1.7).
  • Escobar, L. E., Romero-Alvarez, D., León, R., Lepe-López, M. A., Craft, M. E., Borbor-Córdova, M. J., Svenning, J. S. (2016). Declining prevalence of disease vectors under climate change. Scientific Reports, 6: 39150. (IF = 5.5).
  • Calvopiña, M., Romero-Alvarez, D., Macias, R., Sugiyama, H. (2016). Case report: Severe pleuropulmonary paragonimiasis caused by Paragonimus mexicanus treated as tuberculosis in Ecuador. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 96: 97–99 (IF = 2.45).
  • Kato, H., Gomez, E., A., Martini-Robles, L., Muzzio, J., Velez, L., Calvopiña, M., Romero-Alvarez, D., Mimori, T., Uezato, H., Hashiguchi, Y. (2016). Geographic Distribution of Leishmania Species in Ecuador Based on the Cytochrome B Gene Sequence Analysis. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 10: e0004844 (IF = 4.45).
  • Takeda, M., Sugiyama, H., Kumasawa, H., Romero-Alvarez, D., Calvopiña, M. (2016). Recent collections of freshwater crabs from the Pacific and Amazonian regions of Ecuador, South America. Journal of Teikyo Heisei University, 27 (IF = NA).
    Olalla, H. R., Velez, L. N., Kato, H., Hashiguchi, K., Caceres, A. G., Gomez, E., Zambrano, F. C., Romero-Alvarez, D., Guevara, A., Hashiguchi, Y. (2015). An analysis of reported cases of leishmaniasis in the southern Ecuadorian Amazon region, 1986-2012. Acta Tropica, 146: 119–126 (IF = 2.27).
  • Hashiguchi, K., Velez N, L., Kato, H., Criollo F, H., Romero-Alvarez, D., Gomez, L. E., Martini, R. L., Zambrano, C. F., Calvopiña, H. M., Caceres, G. A., Hashiguchi, Y. (2014). Sand fly fauna (Diptera, pcychodidae, phlebotominae) in different leishmaniasis-endemic areas of ecuador, surveyed using a newly named mini-shannon trap. Tropical Medicine and Health, 42: 163–170 (IF = NA).
  • Calvopiña, M., Romero, D., Castañeda, B., Hashiguchi, Y., Sugiyama, H. (2014). Current status of Paragonimus and paragonimiasis in Ecuador. Memórias Do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, 109: 849–855 (IF = 1.592).
  • Takeda, M., Sugiyama, H., Calvopiña, M., Romero-Alvarez, D. (2014) Some freshwater crabs from Ecuador, South America. Journal of Teikyo Heisei University, 25 (IF = NA).
  • Calvopiña Hinojosa, M., Romero-Alvarez, D., Kato, H., Hashiguchi, Y. (2014). Cutaneous sporotrichoid lesion in a patient from a subtropical region of Ecuador. Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica, 32: 465–466 (IF = 2.172).


*Invited oral contributions

  • Romero-Alvarez, D., Lepe-Lopez, M. A., León, R., Borbor-Cordova, M., Escobar, L. E. Climate change may decline prevalence of disease vectors in Ecuador. 66th Annual Meeting of the America Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH 2017) (November, 2017).
  • *Romero-Alvarez, D. Intrahospitalary outbreak control (spanish). Plan para la implementación de la notificación y seguimiento de brotes nosocomiales en las unidades privadas. Coordinación Zonal 9 – Ministerio de Saludo Pública del Ecuador. (May, 2017).
  • *Romero-Alvarez, D. Geographical epidemiology (spanish). II Seminario de “Actualización en Enfermedades Infecciosas”. Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Infectología. (March, 2017).
  • *Romero-Alvarez, D., Lepe-López, Escobar, L. E. Potential distribution of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the present and future of Ecuador (spanish). II Encuentro Científico CIZ – UCE 2016 (October, 2016).
  • Romero-Alvarez, D., Lepe-López, M. A., Borbor-Córdova, M. J., Craft, M. E., León, R., Escobar, L. E. Zika virus and Aedes aegypti in Ecuador: Perfect areas for new cases? (spanish). IV Encuentro Internacional en Investigación de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Medicina Tropical (June, 2016).
  •  Romero-Álvarez, D., Calvopiña, M., Castañeda, B., Hashiguchi, Y., & Sugiyama, Y. Current situation of Paragonimus and paragonimiasis in Ecuador (spanish). II Latin American Network of Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Diseases. III Encuentro Nacional de Investigación de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Medicina Tropical (July, 2014).



  • Escobar, L. E., Yumiseva, C., *Romero-Álvarez, D. Biodiversity Informatics: Applications in Public Health (spanish). IV International Meeting on Infectious Diseases Research and Tropical Medicine (June, 2016)
  • Escobar, L. E., Escobar-Dodero, J., Kinsley, A., Phelps, N., *Romero-Alvarez, D., VanderWaal, K. Disease Modeling in Aquatic Ecosystems. Saint Paul, Minnesota (February, 2016).
  • Calvopiña, M., Cevallos, W., *Romero-Álvarez, D., Loor, R. Update on the situation, diagnosis and treatment of leishmaniases in Ecuador (spanish). Centro de Salud San Miguel de los Bancos, Centro de Salud de Puerto Quito, Norocidente de Pichincha – Ecuador (November, 2014).
  • Calvopiña, M., Cevallos, W., *Romero-Álvarez, D. Pre-Congress Workshop on Leishmaniasis. “Eco-epidemiology of cutaneous leishmanisis in a subtropical region of Ecuador (Northwestern Pichincha)” (spanish). II Latin American Network of Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Diseases. III Encuentro Nacional de Investigación de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Medicina Tropical (July, 2014).

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