Alina Macacu was born in Bucharest, Romania. She graduated in 2010 from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Lyon, France, with an engineer’s degree and an MSc in Bioinformatics and Modelling. In 2014, she obtained a PhD in Models, Methods and Algorithms in Biology, Health and Environment from the Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France, for her work on mathematical modelling of the spread of avian influenza. In 2015, she joined the International Prevention Research Institute as a Research Officer, specialising in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She has contributed to various projects on topics such as meta-analytic approaches, science with and for society, assessment of models-based predictions, and assessment of effects of risk factors, and early detection measures, on cancer incidence and mortality. Alina Macacu’s research activities focus on epidemiology of infectious diseases, epidemiology of cancer and mathematical modelling applied to public health, with an interest in projects designed for health improvement in lower-resource settings.