Ellen Silbergeld

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Ellen Kovner Silbergeld
Born 1945
Washington, D.C.
Residence Baltimore, Maryland
Citizenship United States
Fields Toxicology, epidemiology, microbiology
Institutions Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Environmental Defense Fund
Alma mater Vassar College, Johns Hopkins University
Doctoral advisor Alan M. Goldberg, Julian Chisolm
Known for environmental health research and advocacy
Notable awards MacArthur Fellowship

Ellen Kovner Silbergeld (born 1945)[1] is a leading American expert in the field of environmental health.


After graduating from Vassar College summa cum laude in 1967,[2] she earned a Ph.D. in environmental engineering at Johns Hopkins University in 1972.[3] She is a professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and used to be on the faculty at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.[3] Before that she worked as a scientist for Environmental Defense.[3] She was editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental Research[4] she serves on many other editorial boards She is an authority on the toxicological manifestations of lead and mercury poisoning, having done some of the first research on how lead affects the central nervous system. Silbergeld has also been involved in public policy and raised public awareness of the dangers of lead. Her current research focuses on the role is food animal production in the selection and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance. She has written a book on this topic, Chickenizing Farms and Food published by Johns Hopkins Press in 2016

In 1993, she received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship ("genius award") from the MacArthur Foundation.[5]



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External audio
"How Modern Meat Production Threatens Workers, Consumers, and Animals", WNYC September 28, 2016