PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1972
Trained at Hopkins in geography and environmental engineering (PhD '72) and postdoctoral fellow in Environmental Health Sciences ('72-75). NIH staff fellowship followed by senior scientist position at Environmental Defense and professorship at University of Maryland Medical School. Served as scientific advisor to NTP-NIH, CDC, EPA, DOE, OSHA, states of Maryland and New York, World Bank, ILO, UNEP, WHO, and PAHO.
My research and professional activities bridge science and public policy, with a focus on the incorporation of research in both toxicology and epidemiology into environmental and occupational health policy. Areas of current focus include: cardiovascular risks of arsenic, lead, and cadmium; immunotoxicity of mercury compounds; health and environmental impacts of industrial food animal production. These projects include epidemiological studies and mechanistic research on gene:environment interactions and the emergence and dissemination of antibiotic resistant pathogens in populations and in the environment. Some of this research is conducted internationally (mercury studies in the Amazon; lead/cadmium/arsenic studies in Mexico; mining and development in Mongolia; zoonotic diseases in Thailand and the Netherlands).
In 2016 I was appointed as special consultant to the WHO Food Safety Programme.
Honors and Awards
Fellowships from Fulbright, Kennedy, Rockefeller, Danforth, Woodrow Wilson Foundations. Phi Beta Kappa, Vassar College. Barsky Award, Amer Public Health Assn. MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship. Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of Toxicology Metals Section. Distinguished Alumna award, Johns Hopkins University. Member, scientific advisory councils for EPA, PAHO, CDC, Department of Energy, NIH-NIEHS. Consultant, World Bank, WHO, UNEP, OSHA, and ILO.
ELLEN SILBERGELD IN THE NEWS
PBS interview on antimicrobial resistance and agriculture August 2017
Interview about "Chickenizing" on Sirius radio October 10, 2016 https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/sites/default/files/books_audio/ellensclip.mp3
Interview about antimicrobial resistance BBC_World_News-2016-09-22_02-14-37.mp4 Antibiotics.mp4
WYPR interview with Tom Pelton THE ENVIRONMENT IN FOCUS -- interview about my book "Chickenizing Farms and Fork" http://wypr.org/post/new-book-explains-how-perdue-s-chickenizing-changed-world SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
JOHNS HOPKINS MAGAZINE "BETWEEN FARM TO FORK" http://hub.jhu.edu/magazine/2016/fall/industrial-farms-food-safety/
US CONGRESS HEARINGS ON SCIENCE AT THE EPA MARCH 2014
INTERVIEW AT SAIS Bologna on The Mongolia Project, 2012 https://www.google.com/search?q=Ellen+Silbergeld+SAIS&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=fflb
ARTICLE IN VASSAR MAGAZINE MRSA in food animal production 2013 http://vq.vassar.edu/issues/2013/01/beyond-vassar/superbugs-on-the-move.html
HOW IT ALL BEGAN WITH THE CHICKENS 2009 http://www.jhu.edu/jhumag/0609web/farm.html
SPECIAL NEWS: In September 2016 my book, CHICKENIZING FARMS AND FOOD, was published by JHU Press. This tells how I got involved with studying antimicrobial resistance in agriculture, contests with government and industry, new discoveries in the lab and field, and proposes solutions to the way we feed ourselves in the 21st century.
The first review of this book appears Science
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6304/1088.fulL. ADDITIONAL REVIEWS CAN BE FOUND IN KIRKUS, THE TIMES (LONDON) EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT.