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Elaine Black, Ph.D.

Director, Food Safety and Public Health 

Dr. Elaine Black is director of Food Safety and Public Health for Ecolab. Dr. Black is a microbiologist and currently leads food safety and public health program and policy initiatives.  

 

Dr. Elaine Black is director of Food Safety and Public Health for Ecolab. Dr. Black is a microbiologist and currently leads food safety and public health program and policy initiatives.

Previously, Dr. Black was director of Agency Relations for Ecolab's Regulatory Affairs function, where she worked with the U.S. EPA's Antimicrobial Division and leading Antimicrobial Trade Associations. In 2020, she worked with the Center for Biocides Chemistry to develop a list of COVID-19 disinfectant products that would later become the basis for EPA's List N.

Dr. Black joined Ecolab in 2010 as a principal microbiologist for the company's Global Analytical and Microbiology team, where she supported innovation projects and later managed the Microbiology Technical Services team, providing critical cross divisional support to field teams and customers in the areas of food safety and microbiology.

Prior to joining Ecolab, Dr. Black held postdoctoral research and adjunct teaching positions at the University of Delaware and the University of Minnesota, focusing on novel food processing technologies and fresh produce, dairy and protein food safety. She has a BSc in Food Science and a PhD in Food Microbiology from University College Cork, in Ireland.