, MSc, PhD, is an HIV epidemiologist whose research focusses on the development of mathematical models of HIV transmission in a range of populations and settings to understand epidemic patterns and inform policy decision making. Dr. Bórquez has a background in medical microbiology from the University of Edinburgh and holds and MSc. and a PhD. in epidemiology from the department of infectious disease epidemiology at Imperial College London.
Her main interest lies in establishing the role of structural and social determinants of health on the HIV epidemic among marginalized populations. She has studied the HIV epidemic among FSW in Mexico, MSM and transgender women in Peru and the U.S., migrants in India. Her PhD thesis investigated the concentrated epidemics of Latin America with a particular focus on understanding HIV risk among prison inmates in prison in this region.
As a postdoctoral researcher at the HIV Modelling Consortium at Imperial College London between 2012-2015 her work focused on developing and validating a generic mathematical modelling tool to estimate incidence patterns in the generalized epidemics of Sub-Saharan Africa to inform the design of prevention and screening programs. Much of her work also investigated the impact and cost-effectiveness of interventions and their combination on HIV epidemics among marginalized populations.
As a postdoctoral fellow in the division of Global Public Health, Dr. Borquez will be investigating the potential impact of the enforcement of the Mexican narcotic drug reform ("ley de narcomenudeo") on the HIV epidemic among People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) in Tijuana, Mexico using mathematical modelling. She will also be estimating the potential impact and feasibility of implementing HIV prevention and harm reduction interventions among PWID in prison and of ensuring the continuity of services in the community in this setting. This work is supported through a NIDA U.S.-Mexico drug abuse prevention research fellowship and a UC-MEXUS CONACyT postdoctoral research fellowship and will provide a tangible link between legislative and programmatic initiatives and the prevention of HIV transmission among PWID.