Reyhaneh Maktoufi

Science Communication and Outreach Fellow

Reyhaneh Maktoufi is the science communication and outreach fellow for HHMI Tangled Bank Studios. She is involved in research, production, and connecting science communication research to practice. Before joining HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Maktoufi was a Rita Allen Foundation civic science fellow in misinformation at GBH|NOVA. She is the co-producer, host and illustrator of PBS NOVA's digital series "Sciencing Out," a mini-series on women in history who have used different strategies to communicate their science. Maktoufi holds a doctorate in media, technology, and society at Northwestern University. As a researcher, media strategist/consultant, and producer, her main fields of interest are science communication, misinformation, curiosity, public engagement with scientists, research-practice partnerships, and science communication in media. She was a visiting researcher at the Alder Planetarium, where she studied science communication and facilitated workshops on communication skills and she was also a producer on "The Story Collider" podcast. Before starting her doctorate, Maktoufi worked as a health communication facilitator and cancer preventive/palliative care campaign manager in Tehran, Iran. Maktoufi engages in outreach activities to communicate the science of science through writing blog posts and making science comics and has been interviewed by outlets such as Smithsonian Magazine and the SETI Institute's podcast "Big Picture Science."