Ellen is a veterinarian whose professional expertise centers on the fusion of diverse but related interests in the life sciences, medicine, homeland security, and the communication of scientific principles and challenges to technical and lay audiences. As Principal of Carlin Communications, she provides government relations and scientific writing and editing capabilities to a variety of clients and stakeholders. In 2013, she completed a fellowship with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine, working on the problem of antimicrobial resistance. Prior to that, she was Senior Professional Staff with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, where for more than five years she handled medical preparedness, biodefense, and science and technology policy. She has also worked or volunteered as a small animal clinical veterinarian for organizations including the Washington Animal Rescue League and the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and continues to volunteer time toward animal welfare initiatives. Early in her career, she was a life sciences and engineering editor at Cambridge University Press. Ellen received a bachelor's of science in biology from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine.