Michael Donnelly

Data Scientist at Noom, Founder at COVIDOutlook.info

New York, NY, USA / White

👨 He/him/his

🎓 M.Sc., Political Science and Political Economy, The London School of Economics
B.A., Economics and Political Science, Vassar College

😁 Michael used to sing in a jazz choir with Lady Gaga when they were both in high school. And, now they have both been featured in Rolling Stone.
Michael lives with his husband in New York City.

Michael Donnelly

Michael uses data to more quickly identify new outbreaks of COVID-19, in order to slow the spread of the disease. Computer science is transforming public health!


Michael’s forecasts of the COVID-19 pandemic helped convince the mayor and governor of New York to take unprecedented measures to limit the spread of the disease in March 2020. More recently, he alerted the CDC to a cluster of COVID-19 breakthrough cases among vaccinated people in Provincetown, MA. This led to a CDC investigation, which changed their guidance to the American people on how they should protect themselves from the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 even after they were vaccinated.

Michael Donnelly


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