Miriam Aracely Nuño, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Division of Biostatistics





Data Science

Health Policy

Locations and Contact

UC Davis

Public Health Sciences
Medical Sciences 1-C
Davis, CA 95616

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Clinical Interests

Dr. Nuño's primary methodological research interests are in multivariable and longitudinal data analysis, statistical models for observational data, mathematical modeling for infectious diseases, health disparities and outcomes research for traumatic brain injury and surgical patients. She has strong collaborations in traumatic brain injury, surgical outcomes research, Alzheimer's Disease Research, and UCD  Environmetal Health Sciences Center.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Nuño's research interests focus on the design and analysis of observational studies, primarily in the context of public health research. Her research emphasizes on three areas: comparative effectiveness research in cancer, causal inference methods, and application of mathematical models with observational data for the prediction of patient outcomes. 



Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

Undergraduate School

B.S., Mathematics, UC Riverside, Riverside CA 1996

Other School

M.S., Applied Mathematics, Claremont University, Claremont CA 1999

Other School

Ph.D., Biological Statistics and Computational Biology, Cornell University, Ithica NY 2005


Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA 2005-2007


Biostatistics, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 2007-2008

UC Davis Global Affairs Award, 2021

CITRIS (The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society), COVID-19 Pandemic Project Award, 2020, 2021

Campos Faculty Scholar Award, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Joseph Tepas Non-Physician Award Winner, Pediatric Trauma Society, 2018

Distinguished Professor Award, México-USA Academy of Science Foundation, 2014

Montesinos-López JC, Daza-Torres ML, García YE, Barboza LA, Sanchez F, Schmidt AJ, Pollock BH, Nuño M. The Role of SARS-CoV-2 Testing on Hospitalizations in California. Life (Basel). 2021 Dec 3;11(12):1336. PMID:34947868.

Jackson JE, Beres AL, Theodorou CM, Ugiliweneza B, Boakye M, Nuño M. Long-term impact of abusive head trauma in young children: Outcomes at 5 and 11 years old. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Dec;56(12):2318-2325. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2021.02.019. Epub 2021 Feb 19. PMID:33714452.

Schievink WI, Maya M, Moser F, Nuño M. Long-term Risks of Persistent Ventral Spinal CSF Leaks in SIH: Superficial Siderosis and Bibrachial Amyotrophy. Neurology. 2021 Nov 9;97(19):e1964-e1970. doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000012786. Epub 2021 Sep 9. PMID:34504024.

Tay ASS, Maya M, Moser FG, Nuño M, Schievink WI. Computed Tomography vs Heavily T2-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Myelography for the Initial Evaluation of Patients With Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension. JAMA Neurol. 2021 Oct 1;78(10):1275-1276. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2021.2868. PMID:34459855.

Nuño M, García Y, Rajasekar G, Pinheiro D, Schmidt AJ. COVID-19 hospitalizations in five California hospitals: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Infect Dis. 2021 Sep 10;21(1):938. doi:10.1186/s12879-021-06640-4. PMID:34507546.

Clark JM, Cooke DT, Hashimi H, Chin D, Utter GH, Brown LM, Nuño M. Do the 2018 Leapfrog Group Minimal Hospital and Surgeon Volume Thresholds for Esophagectomy Favor Specific Patient Demographics? Ann Surg. 2021 Sep 1;274(3):e220-e229. doi:10.1097/SLA.0000000000003553. PMID:31425294.

Ramirez-Celis A, Becker M, Nuño M, Schauer J, Aghaeepour N, Van de Water J. Risk assessment analysis for maternal autoantibody-related autism (MAR-ASD): a subtype of autism. Mol Psychiatry. 2021 May;26(5):1551-1560. doi:10.1038/s41380-020-00998-8. Epub 2021 Jan 22. PMID:33483694.

Theodorou CM, Jackson JE, Rajasekar G, Nuño M, Yamashiro KJ, Farmer DL, Hirose S, Brown EG. Impact of prescription drug monitoring program mandate on postoperative opioid prescriptions in children. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 May;37(5):659-665. doi:10.1007/s00383-020-04846-2. Epub 2021 Jan 12. PMID:33433663.

Bowman JA, Nuño M, Jurkovich GJ, Utter GH. Association of Hospital-Level Intensive Care Unit Use and Outcomes in Older Patients With Isolated Rib Fractures. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Nov 2;3(11):e2026500. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.26500. PMID:33211110.

Nuño M, Shelley CD, Ugiliweneza B, Schmidt AJ, Magaña JN. Differences in Incidence and Case Fatality of Abusive Head Trauma. Child Abuse Negl. 2020 Jun;104:104488. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104488. Epub 2020 Apr 22. PMID:32334138.