Professor Information

Marí­a E. Pérez

Address College of Natural Sciences
Department of Mathematics
17 University Ave. Ste 1701
San Juan, PR 00925-2537
Office NCN II C-123
Office Hours
Telephone (787) 764-0000 88269
E-Mail ude.rpu@43zerep.airam
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PhD, Universidad Central de Venezuela,, 1994


Bayesian Statistic; Biostatistics

Selected Publications

  1. D. Vargas Robles, M. Magris, N. Morales, M. de Koning, I. Rodriguez, T. Nieves, F. Godoy-Vitorino, G. Sánchez, L. Alcaraz, L.Y Forney, M.E. Pérez, L. García-Briceño, L. van Doorn, and M.G. Dominguez Bello (2018) “High infection by only oncogenic Human Papillomavirus in Amerindians”. mSphere 3 (3), e00176-18 DOI: 10.1128/mSphere.00176-18
  2. A. Avalos, E. Pérez, L. Vallejo, M.E. Pérez, C.I. Abramson, T Giray (2017) “Social signals and aversive learning in honey bee drones and workers” Biology open 6 (1), 41-49.
    doi: 10.1242/bio.021543
  3. J. E. Canner, A. J. McEligot, M. E. Pérez, L. Qian, X. Zhang (2017) “Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science” Ethnicity and Disease 27(2), 107-116.
    doi: 10.18865/ed.27.2.107
  4. M. E. Pérez, L.R. Pericchi, I. C. Ramírez (2017) “ The Scaled Beta2 Distribution as a Robust Prior for Scales”. Bayesian Analysis 12(3), 615-637.
    doi: 10.1214/16-BA1015
  5. C.P. Ruiz-Diaz, C. Toledo-Hernandez, A. E. Mercado-Molina, M. E. Pérez, A. M. Sabat (2016) “The role of coral colony health state in the recovery of lesions”. PeerJ
    doi: 10.7717/peerj.1531
  6. Y. A. Mariño, M. E. Pérez, F. Gallardo, M. Trifilio, M. Cruz, P. Bayman (2016) “Sun vs. shade affects infestation, total population and sex ratio of the coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei) in Puerto Rico”. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 222, 258-266.
    doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2015.12.031
  7. A. E. Mercado-Molina , C. P. Ruiz-Diaz, M. E. Prez, R. Rodrguez-Barreras, A. M. Sabat (2015) “Demography of the threatened coral Acropora cervicornis: implications for its management and conservation”, Coral Reefs.
    Available online September 3, 2015, doi: 10.1007/s00338-015-1341-8
  8. F. Mérida, A. Chiu-Lam, A.C. Bohrquez, L. Maldonado-Camargo, M.E. Prez, L. Pericchi, M. Torres-Lugo, C. Rinaldi (2015) “Optimization of synthesis and peptization steps to obtain iron oxide nanoparticles with high energy dissipation rates”, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 394, 361-371. doi: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2015.06.076
  9. R. Rodríguez-Barreras, M. E. Pérez, A. E. Mercado-Molina, A. M. Sabat (2015) “Arrested recovery of Diadema antillarum population: Survival or recruitment limitation?”, Journal of Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science,162:167-174.
  10. R. Rodríguez-Barreras, M. E. Pérez, A. E. Mercado-Molina, S. M. Williams and A. M. Sabat (2014) “Higher population densities of the sea urchin Diadema antillarum linked to wave sheltered areas in north Puerto Rico Archipelago. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 94, 1661-1669, doi:
  11. L.R. Pericchi, C.A.B. Pereira, M.E. Pérez (2014) “Adaptive revised standards for statistical evidence”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Vol. 111, No. 19, (Online only)
  12. M.E. Pérez, L.R. Pericchi (2014) “Changing statistical significance with the amount of information: The adaptive α significance level”. Statistics and Probability Letters, 85, 20-24.
  13. J.Fúquene, M.E. Pérez, L.R. Pericchi (2014) “An alternative to the Inverted Gamma for the variances to modelling outliers and structural breaks in dynamic models”. Brazilian Journal of Probability and Statistics, Vol. 28, No. 2, 288299.
  14. I. G. Pantoja-Feliciano, J.C. Clemente, E.K. Costello, M.E. Pérez, M.J. Blaser, R. Knight and M.G. Domínguez-Bello (2013) “Biphasic assembly of the murine intestinal microbiota during early development”. International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) Journal, 7, 1112–1115.
  15. D.L. Delgado, M.E. Pérez, A. Galindo-Cardona, T. Giray and C. Restrepo (2012) “Fore- casting the Influence of Climate Change on Agroecosystem Services: Potential Impacts on Honey Yields in a Small-Island Developing State”. Psyche, Volume 2012, Article ID 951215, doi:10.1155/2012/951215
  16. P. Olaya-Arenas, E. J. Meléndez-Ackerman, M. E. Pérez and R. L. Tremblay (2011), “Demographic response by a small epiphytic orchid”, American Journal of Botany, 98, 2040-2048.
  17. R. L. Tremblay, J. Ackerman and M. E. Pérez (2010), “Riding accross the selection landscape: fitness consequences of annual variation in reproductive characteristics”, Philosoph- ical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 365, 491-498.
  18. R. L Tremblay, M. E. Pérez, M. Larcombe, A. Brown, J. Quarmby, D. Bickerton, G. French, A. Bould (2009) “Dormancy in Caladenia: A Bayesian approach to evaluating latency”, Australian Journal of Botany, 57, 340-350
  19. R. L Tremblay, M. E. Pérez, M. Larcombe, A. Brown, J. Quarmby, D. Bickerton, G. French, A. Bould (2009) “Population dynamic of Caladenia: Bayesian estimates of transition and extinction probabilities”.Australian Journal of Botany, 57, No. 4, pp 351-360
  20. M. G. Domínguez-Bello, M. E. Pérez, M. C. Bortolini, F. M. Salzano, L. R. Pericchi, O. Zambrano-Guzm ́an, B. Linz (2008) “Amerindian Helicobacter pylori strains go extinct, as European strains expand their host range”. PLoS ONE 3(10): e3307
  21. M.A. García-Amado, F. Michelangeli, P. Gueneau, M.E. Pérez, M.G. Domínguez-Bello (2007) ”Bacterial detoxification of saponins in the crop of the avian foregut fermenter Opisthocomus hoazin”. Journal of Animal and Feed Sciences, vol 16, Suppl. 2, 2007, 7881.
  22. S. Infante, M. E. Pérez “Modelaje Bayesiano semiparam ́etrico de datos censurados us- ando procesos Beta correlacionados” (2006) . Estad ́ıstica (Journal of the Interamerican Statistical Institute) Vol. 58, No. 170-171, p. 71-85.
  23. M. A. García-Amado, J. R. Del Castillo, M. E. Pérez, M. G. Domínguez Bello (2005) “Intestinal D-glucose and L-alanine Transport in the Japanese Quail (Coturnix coturnix)”. Poultry Science Vol 86, p. 947-950.
  24. I.Pérez-Schael, M. Escalona, B. Salinas, M. Mater ́an, M.E. Pérez, G. Gonz ́alez (2003) “Intussusception-associated hospitalization among Venezuelan infants during 1998 through 2001: anticipating rotavirus vaccines”. Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3, p. 234-239.
  25. J. Kadane, E. Moreno, M.E. Pérez, L.R. Pericchi (2002). “Applying non-parametric robust Bayesian analysis to non-opinionated juditial neutrality”. Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, Vol. 102, No. 2, p. 425-439.
  26. M. G. Domínguez-Bello, B. Beker, M. Guelrud, J. Vivas, S. Peraza, M.E. Pérez, L.R. Pericchi (2002) “Socioeconomic and seasonal variations of Helicobacter pylori infection in patients in Venezuela”. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol. 66, No. 1, p. 49-51.
  27. M. E. Pérez, R. Glass, G. Alvarez, L.R. Pericchi, R. Gonz ́alez, A. Kapikian and I. Pérez- Schael (2001). “Rhesus rotavirus-based quadrivalent vaccine is efficacious despite age, socioeconomic conditions and seasonality in Venezuela”. Vaccine, Vol. 19, No 7-8, p. 976-981.
  28. B. Carlin and M. E. Pérez (2000) “Robust Bayesian Analysis in Medical and Epidemiological Settings”. In Robust Bayesian Analysis, D. R ́ıos-Insu ́a and F. Ruggeri, Eds. Springer, New York, p. 351-372.
  29. Kadane, J.B., Moreno, E., Pérez, M.E. and Pericchi, L.R. (1999) “Applying non-parametric robust Bayesian analysis to non-opinionated judicial neutrality”. In Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Imprecise Probabilities and Their Applications, p. 216- 224.
  30. M. G. Domínguez-Bello, F. Michelangeli, R. Romero, B. Beker, D. Lara, C. Morera, M. A. Vezga, E. Spardella, M. Guelrud, M. E. Pérez and L. R. Pericchi (1997) “Modification of the Christiansen urease test as an inexpensive tool for detection of Helicobacter pylori”. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Vol. 28, p. 149-152.
  31. M. E. Pérez and L. R. Pericchi (1994). “A Case Study on the Bayesian Analysis of 2 × 2 Tables with all Margins Fixed”. REBRAPE, Vol. 8, No 1, p. 27-37.
  32. M. E. Pérez (1994). “An automatic and proper Bayesian estimation analysis of 2×2 contingency tables with one and two fixed margins”. TEST, Vol. 3, No. 2, p. 101-112.
  33. L. R. Pericchi and M. E. Pérez (1994). “Posterior robustness with more than one sampling model” (with discussion). Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, Vol. 40, No. 2/3, p. 279-294.
  34. M. E. Pérez and L. R. Pericchi (1992). “Analysis of Multistage Surveys as a Bayesian Hierarchical Model”. Bayesian Statistics 4, Bernardo et al, Eds.,p. 723-730.
  35. M. E. Pérez and L. R. Pericchi (1992). “Analysis of Multistage Surveys as a Bayesian Hierarchical Model”. Proceedings of the IV CLAPEM, p. 189-207.
  36. M. Torres, M. E. Pérez, P. Dehollain (1988). “Impacto de la Estimulación a Madres Embarazadas en los Patrones Alimentarios de sus Hijos”. Anales Venezolanos de Nutrici ́on, Vol 1, p 11-18.

Selected Grants and Awards

  1. PI of the grant “Increasing Diversity in Interdisciplinary BD2K (IDI-BD2K)”NIH 1R25MD010399-0. PI: José E. García Arrarás, Patricia Ordóñez-Franco, María-Eglée Pérez. Awarded amount: $1,000,000.00 (2015-2020)
  2. Research Associate of the grant “Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Bioinformatics Core”, University of Puerto Rico /The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research. NCI 3U54CA096297-11S1, NIH: Pericchi, Luis (PI) . Awarded amount (for the Core) $550,000.00. (2013-2018).
  3. Co-PI of the grant “CREST – CATEC: Center for Applied Ecology and Conservation”. National Science Foundation, HRD-0734826. Renewal (2007-2013). Awarded amount: $5, 413, 122.00. PI: Dr. Elvira Cuevas. (Statistical advisor for the Center and part of the sub-project “Population Viability Analysis (PVA) of the Mona Island Hawksbill Turtle and Mona Island Iguana in Support of Caribbean-wide Management Efforts”). (Finished)
  4. Member of the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Research Cluster of the Bioinformatics Resource Center (BiRC) of the Puerto Rico Alliance for the Advancement of Biomedical Research Excellence (AABRE),award P20RR016470 from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)(2009-2014).PI: Dr. Sandra Pen ̃a de Ortiz. (Finished)
  5. CoPI of the grant “Accelerating Puerto Rican Students into the National Research Effort in Mathematics and Computer Science”. S-STEM 0630927, National Science Foundation, September 15, 2006 to August 31, 2013. Awarded amount: $500,000.00. PI: Dr. Luis R. Pericchi. CoPI: Dr. H. Janwa, Dr. C. Corrada, Dr. M. E. P ́erez. (Finished)
  6. CoPI of the proposal “Seed Financial Support to the Center for Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (BBC) of the College of Natural Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico” funded by Merck, Sharp and Dohme Corp, 2009-2012. (Finished)
  7. CoPI of the grant “Resilience thinking for the sustainable management of the Rio Grande de Arecibo watershed: The use of a spatially explicit framework for understanding responses to perturbations”. Inter-Multidisciplinary Research Project, Decanato de Estudios Graduados e Investigaci ́on, UPR, R ́ıo Piedras Campus, 2008-2010. (Finished)
  8. PI of the grant “Objective Bayesian Methods in Population Genetics”. FIPI 8-80-104, Decanato de Estudios Graduados e Investigaci ́on, UPR, R ́ıo Piedras Campus, 2006-2007. (Finished).
  9. PI of two Research Group Grants, sponsored by the Dean of Research, USB (2000 and 2001)(Finished).
  10. CoPI of the grant “Development and Application of Computational Methods for the Quantitative Analysis of Complex Models and Data” CONICIT (Venezuela, 1997-2003.(Finished).
  11. CoPI of the grant “Development of Mathematical and Statistical Software” BID-CONICIT (Venezuela), 1992-1997 (Finished).

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