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Juan Rivera

By Amy Norton Juan Rivera Chief, Molecular Inflammation Section, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, NIH COURTESY OF NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARTHRITIS AND MUSCULOSKELETAL AND SKIN DISEASES As a young teen in New York City, Juan Rivera was thinking

Amy Norton


Juan Rivera
Chief, Molecular Inflammation Section, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, NIH



COURTESY OF NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARTHRITIS AND MUSCULOSKELETAL AND SKIN DISEASES

As a young teen in New York City, Juan Rivera was thinking about joining a gang. But his parents had a different plan for his future. They moved to New Jersey and sent Rivera to the Highland View Academy, a private high school in Maryland, where he met the chemistry teacher who would spark his interest in science.

Rivera credits his parents with putting him on a path that led to his tenured position at the National Institutes of Health, where he heads the Molecular Inflammation Section of the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases. "They had very little education," Rivera says of his parents, immigrants from Puerto Rico who never got past the elementary grades. "But they were wise enough...

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