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Francisco J. Rivera Rosario

Associate editor, opinion and community
The Transmitter

Francisco J. Rivera Rosario edits scientist-written essays and develops new resources for the community. Before joining The Transmitter, he spent his career in science communications and health writing, including time working as an editor for a science communications agency and freelancing for TED Conferences and Health. Prior to moving into science communication, Francisco worked in a research lab, studying the genetic basis of rare forms of autism.


  • M.S. in biomedical sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • M.S. in molecular biotechnology, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
  • B.S. in natural sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey

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