Staff Q&A: Adela Mizrachi, IPHAM
Adela Mizrachi, communications specialist at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM), disseminates research findings by Feinberg investigators and lends her editing chops to grants and manuscripts.
Read a Q&A with Mizrachi below.
Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Des Plaines, a near northwest suburb of Chicago.
What is your educational background?
I have a Bachelor's degree in finance with a minor in math from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I also have a Master's degree in international education from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Please tell us about your professional background.
I started at Northwestern in 2010 as the communications manager for the Center for Global Health (which is now the Robert J. Havey, MD Institute for Global Health). Prior to that, I spent six years at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in DC where I worked in project management and communications.
AIR is a non-profit organization that implemented large international development projects primarily funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), so I worked on projects all over the world, including Cambodia, Egypt, Malawi and Ethiopia. I lived in Ethiopia for a year as the head of a project that trained 20,000 sixth, seventh and eighth grade English teachers in a new teaching methodology.
How do you help scientists or research students at the medical school?
I help our researchers get the word out about their research. I do this by using various internal and external communications channels, including the weekly IPHAM Bulletin that goes out to over 4,000 subscribers, the weekly IPHAM public health seminar series, our website and social media channels and a variety of additional Feinberg publications. I also help edit grants and manuscripts for our investigators.
What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is learning about the complex science performed by our investigators and translating the findings so they can be understood by the general public. I enjoy science communications and finding creative ways to communicate complicated topics in a simple ways.
What exciting projects are you working on?
I'm currently delving into data visualization as the next skill I'd like to develop as a way to help our researchers communicate about their research.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am a big fan of podcasts, so I created a side project called Podcast Brunch Club, which is like book club, but for podcasts. I initially set it up for friends in Chicago as a way to gather and chat about podcasts, but since it started in 2015 it has really taken root.
We now have 50+ chapters across 5 continents, each run by a different local volunteer. I find that it's a great way to learn new things, meet new people and have interesting conversations — and brunch, of course! I also play guitar and love learning languages.
Anything else we should know about you?
I'm a first-generation American. My father is Israeli, my mother is British. I was fortunate enough to grow up traveling around the world to visit family. That really sparked the travel bug for me. Since then, I've traveled to about 25 countries — so many that I had to add pages to my passport.