Maria Valdez Cabrera

Maria Valdez
Valdez Cabrera
she, her, hers

Seattle, WA 98105
United States


I am a PhD candidate. I come from Guatemala and I majored in mathematics at the University of Guanajuato, México. My current research interests are: performing statistics on nonstandard spaces, statistical development for phylogenetic trees, Semi-parametric modeling and survival analysis. I have also collaborated in research projects regarding HIV prevention and incidence rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections conducted in Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 


My dissertation project with Dr. Amy Willis focuses on the development of statistical methods for analyzing phylogenetic tree collections. This project entails the mathematical development of a new metric space, the creation of algorithms to compute distances inside this space and the construction of a reasonable summary for a collection of trees. The methods developed will have a lot of practical applications since it is common to have phylogenetic trees for only few of the organisms at a time.


In my free time I enjoy painting with watercolors (although I'm terrible at it), playing violin and watching movie reviews on Youtube. I am also a proud dog mother.

Universidad de Guanajuato