Michelle Catlin

USDA FSIS Appoints New Chief Scientist

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Michelle Catlin

Dr. Michelle Catlin has been appointed Chief Scientist of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Services. She took on the new role on December 31, 2023.

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Michelle Catlin, Ph.D., will serve as Chief Scientist of FSIS, effective December 31, 2023. In this role, Dr. Catlin will serve as the primary scientific advisor on matters of public health and food safety that affect the mission of the agency, with primary responsibility for scientific initiatives within the Office of Public Health Science (OPHS).

Dr. Catlin has more than 20 years of experience in the public health field. From 1999 through 2004 she worked for National Academy of Sciences. In 2004, Dr. Catlin joined FSIS as a senior scientist. She most recently served the agency as the International Coordination Executive, overseeing all of FSIS’ international activities. Dr. Catlin holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in life sciences and a Master of Science in pharmacology from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and a Ph.D. in toxicology from the Department of Environmental Health of the University of Washington at Seattle.


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