Ellen P. Carlin, D.V.M.

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

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

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 primary faculty appointment within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Her research interests are in the epidemiology of emerging infections. She studies incidence and transmission dynamics of zoonotic pathogens, focusing on the interfaces among people, animals, and the environments in which they live. She has studied infectious disease dynamics in the United States, Liberia, Guinea, Kenya, and Tanzania. She also studies the adequacy and impacts of domestic and global policies, statutes, and international collaborations on biothreat risks. At Georgetown, Ellen is also the director of the Global Infectious Disease graduate program at the Graduate School of Arts and 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.