Ellie Graeden

Associate Professor (Adjunct), Georgetown University

Dr. Ellie Graeden is the founder and CEO of Talus Analytics and an associate professor (adjunct) with the Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security. She leads an interdisciplinary research and development team that applies data analysis, modeling, and visualization drive practical decision-making in global health, governance, and emergency management.

Dr. Graeden has developed extensive expertise applying complex systems analysis to the intersection of policy, science, and strategy and has applied this expertise to developing quantitative approaches for global-scale decision making. With an emphasis on applying the best available data to decision making during emergencies, she previously led a comprehensive assessment of the models used for emergency management for the US Federal emergency management community, including those used for natural disasters and for disease outbreaks and acts of bioterrorism. Related to this work, Dr. Graeden led a project in support of the White House National Security Council to coordinate data-driven decision making for public health emergencies. In addition, Dr. Graeden and her team, in collaboration with Georgetown University, developed a tool to collate and analyze data on the investments in global health security, the results of which were presented at the United Nations Biological Weapons Convention Meeting of Experts. Most recently, Dr. Graeden and her team have worked with CDC NCIRD to develop platforms for health care visibility, vaccination coverage, and response efforts for influenza and now COVID. In collaboration with Georgetown, her team helped lead development of a comprehensive inventory of policies implemented to mitigate COVID and model the impact of those policies.

Dr. Graeden earned her undergraduate degree in microbiology from Oregon State University and her doctorate in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She was named a 2013 Emerging Leader in Biosecurity Fellow with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security.