Alejandra Lopez is a Ph.D. student in the Community-Partnered Policy and Action stream at Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. She has an M.S. in mathematics from Purdue University, a B.S. in mathematics from Arizona State University, and an A.S. from Mesa Community College.
Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she was a Purdue Doctoral Fellow where she conducted research in theoretical and applied mathematics. She has worked on projects in quantum metric spaces and matrix convex sets. She has worked with the American Institute of Mathematics and the Climate Research Network to create a mathematical model to analyze pathogen mutation and seasonal forcing in zoonotic spillover. Aditionally, she worked with the Mathematical and Theoretical Biological Institute in Arizona to model the economics of prison by studying the dynamics of recidivism.