Hello, I am Jacob Matta, and I am originally from Woodbury, Connecticut. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Georgia.
I am currently a candidate for the Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in biostatistics. My research interests include data-driven solutions and using real-world data to explore health outcomes. As a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) and data specialist for the Economic Evaluation Research Group (EERG), I have been able to participate in the evaluation of federally funded health literacy and COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy programs in Georgia. Specifically, I am responsible for the management, processing, and analysis of both secondary and primary data. In the future, I hope to build on my biostatistics and data science skills by exploring new ways to manipulate large clinical data like claims or electronic health records in order to drive data-related solutions and insights to maximize patient outcomes.
In addition, I am a member and the 2023-2024 Treasurer for the Graduate Scholars of Epidemiology and Biostatistics which is a student run organization within the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department at the University of Georgia College of Public Health.
Outside of academia, I am an avid runner and am currently preparing for two running events during 2023. I also enjoy listening to a variety of podcasts that range in topics from sports to statistics. Other hobbies of mine include reading, hanging out with friends and family, and traveling.