Denise Eblen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Administrator at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) with oversight of the Office of Public Health Science (OPHS), which provides expert scientific analysis, advice, and recommendations on all matters involving public health and science of concern to FSIS. Before joining FSIS she spent three years as a Deputy Director at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in Washington D.C., where she led NIFA’s Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition (IFSN), which supports research, education and extension activities in food safety, food quality, nutrition and obesity. Prior to joining NIFA in 2015 she held the position of acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for OPHS at USDA FSIS working her way up from her introduction to FSIS as the agency’s first Food Safety Fellow in 2001. Before joining FSIS she held a research associate position at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Wyndmoor, PA, studying the safety of produce. A native of Ireland, Dr. Eblen is a naturalized U.S. citizen. She holds a B.S. in human nutrition from the University of Ulster at Coleraine in Northern Ireland, an M.S. in food science from Queen’s University, Belfast, and a Ph.D. in food safety microbiology from the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Northern Ireland.