Dr. Ellen Carlin is a research associate with Smithsonian’s Global Health Program. She comes to the Smithsonian from EcoHealth Alliance, where serves as senior health and policy specialist and works on a variety of scientific and policy initiatives that advance the ecological health mission of the organization.
Her areas of focus and interest include infectious disease policy, biosurveillance and epidemiology. Her primary goal is to better understand the dynamics of infectious disease transmissibility at the intersection of humans, animals and the environment, especially in populations and places with high risk of spillover, and to help develop policies that manage that risk. Through prior work to evaluate the prevalence of zoonotic parasites in companion animals in the United States, she became keenly interested in elucidating the prevalence of important infectious diseases.
Dr. Carlin’s joint position with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute enables her to develop projects of mutual interest to both organizations. Her efforts include:
- Developing and implementing new research partnerships between SCBI and EcoHealth Alliance that advance understanding of infectious disease transmission dynamics in high-risk areas
- Developing a global health security policy gaps analysis and recommending improvements to foster global initiatives that build country- and regional-level core capacities
- Providing domestic biodefense policy analysis for the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense
- Supporting global biosurveillance initiatives