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Onicio Neto

Onicio  Neto

Assistant Research Professor - Digital Epidemiology

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department

1295 N Martin
Drachman Hall
PO Box: 245163
Tucson AZ 85724


Onicio B. Leal-Neto is biomedical scientist, holds a master degree and PhD in Public Health and Epidemiology. He is the leader of Global Flu View at Global Health Institute and Assistant Research Professor at the Department of Epidemiology, University of Arizona. Previously, he was senior researcher at the Department of Computer Science, ETH Zürich, Switzerland. He was also consultant for digital innovations at Ending Pandemics and Digital Health Expert at Singularity University. Leal-Neto's research focuses on health innovation and the application of technologies in managing epidemics and pandemics. He skillfully integrates crowdsourcing, wearables, data science, and machine learning in his work, with a global reach that includes countries like Malawi, Kenya, and Ivory Coast. His proficiency in health technologies has been sought after by prominent organizations such as UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization, the Inter-American Development Bank, and various governments. In addition to his academic and consulting roles, Leal-Neto is also an entrepreneur. He founded the digital epidemiology startup Epitrack, which successfully sold in 2021, marking a significant milestone in his career. His research topics are: Digital Epidemiology, Digital Public Health, Digital Contact Tracing, Wearables Technologies, Machine Learning and Health Analytics.

Past institutions

Department of Computer Science - ETH Zurich (most recent place of work); Department of Economics - University of Zurich; Epitrack; UNICEF; Panamerican Health Organization.

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