Talía Malagón

Dr.Talía Malagón has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Division of Cancer Epidemiology since 2016. Her current research projects use a combination of mathematical modelling and epidemiological studies to evaluate the balance of screening harms and benefits of cervical cancer screening in the HPV-vaccine era, risk factors for HPV transmission between couples, biomarkers of transmission, and the influence of measurement error in epidemiological studies of HPV. Her long-term research goals are to use mathematical modeling as a tool for intervention evaluation and causal inference in epidemiological studies of sexually transmitted infections.

Dr. Talía Malagón has a B.Sc. in biology from the University of Ottawa (2010) specializing in ecology/evolution/behaviour, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Université Laval (2016). As an undergraduate student she held 3 Undergraduate Student Research Awards from NSERC to study evolutionary ecology using the model organism Pseudomonas fluorescens, and the ancestral state reconstruction of angiosperms using Markov modelling. She started her M.Sc. in epidemiology at Université Laval in 2010 and transferred to the Ph.D. program in 2011. For her doctoral thesis she used mathematical transmission models to evaluate how individuals' behaviours and biological heterogeneity between human papillomavirus (HPV) types affect the population-level effectiveness of HPV vaccination, and the vaccine's impact on cervical cancer incidence inequalities. She has acted as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer for graduate-level and resident courses in epidemiology. She was selected in 2013 as a Star Student Researcher by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec, and has received graduate and postdoctoral research awards from CIHR and the CHU de Québec.

Contact Dr. Malagón: (514) 398-5984 or talia.malagon [at] mcgill.ca (by email)

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PhD in Epidemiology
Laval University
Thesis title: Impact of biological and behavioural heterogeneity on population-level
effectiveness of HPV vaccination predicted by mathematical modelling.


Honours B.Sc. with Specialization in Biology (Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour)
University of Ottawa