Jessica Malaty Rivera

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Born (1983-06-15) June 15, 1983 (age 38)
Los Angeles, California
NationalityAmerica
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma mater
  • Providence High School
  • University of Southern California
OccupationMicrobiologist
Parents
  • Daniel Malaty (father)
  • Magda Malaty (mother)

Jessica Malaty Rivera (born June 15, 1983) is a microbiologist and science communication strategist in infectious disease epidemiology, public health policy, and vaccine advocacy.[1] She specializes in translating complex scientific concepts into impactful, judgment-free, and accessible information for a diverse audience.

Malaty Rivera rose to prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic, when she began sharing the facts and her scientific expertise on Instagram. Her followers grew from 1,000 acquaintances to more than 115,000 followers in few months.[2]

Personal

Malaty Rivera was born in Los Angeles, California to Daniel Malaty, an insurance agent, and Magda Malaty, a realtor, both Egyptians who emigrated to the United States.[1] Malaty Rivera has one younger sister, Danielle Malaty (born c. 1985).

Malaty Rivera graduated from Providence High School in 2001. She received her BS in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention studies from the University of Southern California in 2005 and her MS in Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2011[3]

She currently resides in San Francisco with her husband and two children.[1]

Career

Malaty Rivera is currently the Science Communication Lead for The COVID Tracking Project.[4] at The Atlantic. She is also a member of the COVID-19 Dispersed Volunteer Research Network and an expert contributor for POPSUGAR[5] NBC Bay Area [6] Well+Good[7], Seeker[8], CNN[9], and Yahoo[10]. She has worked in science writing and editing, digital engagement, brand marketing, grassroots campaigns, crisis communications, regulatory milestones, and project management[3]

In November, 2020, Malaty Rivera was featured in a mini documentary, "Making Science Make Sense" by filmmaker Kenny Laubbacher. The documentary depicts Malaty Rivera as someone making a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic.[11]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Jessica Malaty Rivera | WOMAN". Apiece Apart. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  2. Samsung, Annalise Mantz paid for by (2020-11-19). "Meet the Epidemiologist Confronting the "Infodemic" — and the Filmmaker Who Told Her Story". POPSUGAR Smart Living. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Misinfodemia: Science communications expert Jessica Malaty Rivera". Meedan. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  4. "About Us". The COVID Tracking Project. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  5. Samsung, Annalise Mantz paid for by (2020-11-19). "Meet the Epidemiologist Confronting the "Infodemic" — and the Filmmaker Who Told Her Story". POPSUGAR Smart Living. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  6. "Microbiologist Jessica Rivera on Recent COVID-19 Research". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  7. "When Will Covid-19 End? An Epidemiologist Weighs In | Need To Know". YouTube.
  8. Rubino, Stephen. "4 Common Myths About Fighting Colds and What Experts Say To Do Instead". Seeker. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  9. Providence High School on Facebook Watch, retrieved 2020-09-09
  10. "An Epidemiologist on the 2 Things She's "Watching Very Closely" Before Sending Her Kids to School". www.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  11. Samsung, Annalise Mantz paid for by (2020-11-19). "Meet the Epidemiologist Confronting the "Infodemic" — and the Filmmaker Who Told Her Story". POPSUGAR Smart Living. Retrieved 2020-11-23.

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