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Dr. Katherine Simbaña Rivera | Biomedicina | Young Scientist Award

Assistant Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Ecuador


Katherine Simbaña Rivera is a medical doctor and researcher dedicated to advancing medical knowledge and public health initiatives through extensive research and collaborative networks. With a background in molecular biomedicine and significant experience in health research management, she has authored numerous articles and co-authored books on critical health topics. Her leadership in national health research and active involvement in student scientific societies underline her commitment to fostering research capabilities and promoting healthcare access in underserved communities across Latin America.


Katherine Simbaña Rivera earned her medical degree from Universidad Central del Ecuador. She further pursued a Master’s degree in Molecular Biomedicine, specializing in Basic and Translational Cancer Research, from the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain. Currently, she is enrolled in doctoral studies in Applied Health Sciences Research at the University Institute of Biomedical and Health Research (IUIBS) at Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

🏥👨‍🏫Professional Experience:

From 2021 to 2022, Katherine served as the National Director of Health Research at the Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Health, where she played a key role in drafting nine research and bioethics regulations and developing strategic guidelines for national health management. She is currently an associate researcher at the Center for Research on Health in Latin America (CISeAL) at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE).

Research Interests:

Katherine Simbaña Rivera’s research interests encompass a broad spectrum, including the Ecuadorian pharmaceutical market, COVID-19, translational cancer research, and applied health sciences. Her work focuses on advancing public health through innovative research methodologies and strategic health interventions.

Publications Top Notes 📝:

1. Clinical, molecular, and epidemiological characterization of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), a comprehensive literature review

  • Authors: Ortiz-Prado, E., Simbaña-Rivera, K., Gómez-Barreno, L., Rubio-Neira, M., …
  • Journal: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
  • Volume: 98
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2020
  • Article Number: 115094
  • Citations: 543

2. Epidemiological, socio-demographic and clinical features of the early phase of the COVID-19 epidemic in Ecuador

  • Authors: Ortiz-Prado, E., Simbaña-Rivera, K., Barreno, L.G., Diaz, A.M., Barreto, A., …
  • Journal: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Volume: 15
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2021
  • Article Number: e0008958
  • Citations: 171

3. Anxiety and depression in patients with confirmed and suspected COVID-19 in Ecuador

  • Authors: Paz, C., Mascialino, G., Adana Díaz, L., Rodríguez Lorenzana, A., …
  • Journal: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
  • Volume: 74
  • Issue: 10
  • Year: 2020
  • Pages: 554-555
  • Citations: 109

4. Behavioral and sociodemographic predictors of anxiety and depression in patients under epidemiological surveillance for COVID-19 in Ecuador

  • Authors: Paz, C., Mascialino, G., Adana-Díaz, L., Rodríguez-Lorenzana, A., …
  • Journal: PLoS One
  • Volume: 15
  • Issue: 9
  • Year: 2020
  • Article Number: e0240008
  • Citations: 80

5. The disease burden of suicide in Ecuador, a 15 years’ geodemographic cross-sectional study (2001–2015)

  • Authors: Ortiz-Prado, E., Simbaña, K., Gómez, L., Henriquez-Trujillo, A.R., …
  • Journal: BMC Psychiatry
  • Volume: 17
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2017
  • Pages: 1-11
  • Citations: 56


Katherine Simbaña Rivera | Biomedicina | Young Scientist Award

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