Dr. Ellie Graeden is the founder and CEO of Talus Analytics, a small research and consulting firm that specializes in translating complex, computational and scientific analysis into useful data for decision makers. She earned a doctorate in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and earned her Bachelor of Science in microbiology from Oregon State University.

Across her research and consulting career, Dr. Graeden has built a unique approach to data analysis, visualization, and computational modeling that informs policy and practical decision making. Her past projects have included efforts in support of FEMA to identify and characterize the models used for emergency management and in support of the White House National Security Council to coordinate data-driven decision making for public health emergencies. She has, in addition, led teams funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and deploy public health models for local use in the developing world, built a data and analysis platform for CDC pandemic flu response, and developed an integrated flood risk analysis and community resilience investment planning method funded by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate.

Graeden was a 2013 Emerging Leader in Biosecurity Initiative (ELBI) Fellow with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security and is a Non-resident Affiliate of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University.