Ellen P. Carlin, D.V.M.

Assistant Research Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Zoonoses, with a focus on viral and parasitic pathogens
  • Emerging infectious disease epidemiology and policy
  • U.S. biodefense policy
  • Global health security policy

Professional Memberships

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • License to practice veterinary medicine, District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Medical Reserve Corps

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Dr. Ellen Carlin is Assistant Research Professor at the Center for Global Health Science and Security with a faculty appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Her research interests are in the epidemiology of emerging infections and adequacy of policies to address them. She studies transmission dynamics of zoonotic pathogens, focusing on the interfaces among people, animals, and the environments in which they live. She has worked on infectious disease projects in Liberia, Guinea, Kenya, and Tanzania. She also studies the adequacy and impacts of U.S. domestic and global governance on biothreat risks. At Georgetown, Ellen is also the director of the Global Infectious Disease Master of Science program at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Ellen previously served as Senior Health and Policy Specialist at EcoHealth Alliance, where she is now Research Fellow. She has for years provided consulting services in writing, editing, and provision of technical expertise, including as founding staff, Co-Director, and Senior Advisor to the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense. In 2013, she completed a fellowship with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine on data analysis and other aspects of antimicrobial resistance. Prior to that, she was Senior Professional Staff with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security (Peter T. King, NY), where for more than five years, she handled medical preparedness, biodefense, and science and technology policy. That position began as an American Veterinary Medical Association/American Association for the Advancement of Science fellowship.

Ellen works with her alma mater as Courtesy Lecturer at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, where she teaches a class on the role of the federal government in animal health. She has worked or volunteered since 2007 as a small animal clinical veterinarian and continues to participate in low income and vaccine clinics, serving her interests in animal health and welfare, public health, and parasitology. She received a Bachelor of Science in biology from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine.