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Ellen P. Carlin, D.V.M.

Research Associate
B.S., College of Mount Saint Vincent; D.V.M., Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Ellen Carlin is a research associate with the 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
Dr. Carlin’s work in Washington, D.C., began with a fellowship with the American Veterinary Medical Association/American Association for the Advancement of Science. She spent her fellowship year with the House Committee on Homeland Security, and staffed the Committee for several years thereafter on science and technology matters. She continues to maintain her veterinary license and has worked or volunteered as a small animal clinical veterinarian for organizations including the Washington Animal Rescue League, the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, PetCo and private clinics, and continues to do so, serving her interests in animal health and welfare, public health and parasitology.
Dr. Carlin 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.