Emma Hartnett, PhD

Director, Risk Assessment of Biological Systems

Dr. Emma Hartnett is an internationally-recognized expert in microbial risk assessment with experience in diverse risk domains including toxicological, microbiological, and nutritional hazards.

A modeling and simulation specialist, Emma has over 15 years of experience working in public health risk analysis and decision support.  This experience has included: quantitative risk assessment and decision support tools for microbial and chemical hazards in food and water, incursion of transboundary animal diseases, simulation-based decision-support tools supporting bioterrorism preparedness and response for both microbial and chemical attack agents, and pandemic surge capacity health system needs.

Emma is frequently invited to provide expertise to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) initiatives in microbial risk assessment, including the development of international guidelines for risk analysis.  Emma also provides training in risk analysis and quantitative risk assessment around the world, including on behalf of the continuing education program of the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Nutrition at the University of Maryland.  Emma is an active member of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) and is a past-chair of the Microbiological Risk Assessment Specialty Group.  Emma was given the 2016 Chauncey Starr Distinguished Young Risk Analyst Award by the Society for Risk Analysis for outstanding achievement in science or public policy relating to risk analysis.