Oscar Patterson-Lomba received a Bachelor in physics with a minor in mathematics from Montclair State University (MSU), New Jersey, in 2011, after having initiated his studies at Havana University, Cuba.
In the Spring of 2013, he was a visiting graduate student in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He participated in the 2012 Complex Systems Summer School at the Santa Fe Institute. Since January 2011 he has been a Ph.D. student in the Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences program at Arizona State University (ASU). He served as a research assistant and mentor at the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute at ASU during the Summers of 2011 and 2012. In 2011, he was selected the Outstanding Student in Physics at MSU. His research aims to develop novel mathematical and statistical models to study the spread and evolution of infectious diseases, particularly focusing on the role played by the population structure, human behavior, disease-containment interventions and economic landscapes.