Maria Luisa Müller Theissen

Ph.D. Ecology (IDEAS)
Major Advisors: Sonia Altizer and Nicole Gottdenker


MS, Epidemiology, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

BS, Biology, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala


Honors, Awards, and Achievements

2019, Tinker Foundation/LACSI Graduate Field Research Award;

2016, TWAS Prize for Young Investigators

Research Interests
  • Cross-species transmission dynamics and determinants of host range;
  • Vector-borne, zoonotic, and multi-host diseases
  • Community Ecology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Disease Ecology
Selected Publications

1. Gonzalez-Reiche AS, MI Nelson, M Angel, ML Müller, L Ortiz, J Dutta, H van Bakel, C Cordon-Rosales, DR Perez. Evidence of intercontinental spread and uncommon variants of low-pathogenicity avian influenza viruses in ducks overwintering in Guatemala. mSphere 2(2):e00362-16, 2017

2. Gonzalez‐Reiche AS, AL Ramírez, ML Müller, D Orellana, SM Sosa, et al. Origin, distribution and potential risk factors associated with influenza A virus in swine in two production systems in Guatemala. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 2017 Mar;11(2):182-192, 2016.

3. Gonzalez-Reiche AS, ML Müller, L Ortiz, C Cordón-Rosales, DR Perez. Prevalence and diversity of low pathogenicity avian influenza viruses in wild birds in Guatemala, 2010–2013. Avian diseases 60 (1s), 359-364, 2016.

4. Ramey AM, RL Poulson, AS Gonzalez-Reiche, BR Wilcox, P Walther, P Link, DL Carter, GM Newsome, ML Müller, et al. Evidence for seasonal patterns in the relative abundance of avian influenza virus subtypes in Blue-winged teal (Anas discors). J Wildl Dis 50(4):916-22, 2014.

5. Morales-Betoulle ME, Komar N, Panella NA, Alvarez D, Lopez MR, Betoulle JL, Sosa SM, Müller ML, et al. West Nile Virus Ecology in a Tropical Ecosystem in Guatemala. Am J Trop Med Hyg 88(1):116-26, 2013.

6. McCracken JP, MM Prill, W Arvelo, KA Lindblade, MR López, A Estevez, ML Müller, et al. Respiratory syncytial virus infection in Guatemala, 2007-2012. J Infec Dis 208(suppl 3):s197-s206, 2013.

7. Gonzalez-Reiche AS, ME Morales-Betoulle, D Alvarez, JL Betoulle JL, ML Müller, et al. Influenza A viruses from wild birds in Guatemala belong to the North American lineage. PLoS One 7(3):e32873, 2012.