October 17, 2022 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Ana Cristina Gomez Ugarte Valerio is a new PhD Student at the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography


Ana Cristina Gomez Ugarte Valerio comes from Mexico City and obtained her Masters in Demography from El Colegio de México. She is interested in analyzing the relation between educational attainment and mortality in Latin American countries. In her free time, she loves to do and watch sports.

What question drives you most in your research?

I am interested in analyzing the relation between educational attainment and mortality. I want to refine the variables to segment population by educational attainment so that they are more sensible to the distribution of population by education and to better reflect gender differences. I would like to focus my research on Latin American countries.

What are you looking forward to as you start working at the MPIDR?

The thing I am most looking forward to while studying at the MPIDR is simply having so many talented and friendly colleagues around me. So far, I´ve really enjoyed hearing about my colleagues’ work on a regularly basis; I’ve found this to be inspiring and motivating.

What do you like most about Rostock?

I love the calmness and quietness of Rostock. It is so refreshing to have everything within walking or cycling distance. Plus, looking out the window every day and watching sail boats is beautiful.

What are you obsessed with at the moment besides demography?

I have always been, and probably will always be, obsessed with sports. I love both watching and practicing it. Hopefully, the weather in Rostock will let me enjoy some outdoor cycling and running adventures.


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