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Dr. Ellen K. Mantus selected as HEI’s new Director of Science

February 2021
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HEI is very pleased to announce the appointment of Ellen K. Mantus as the new Director of Science. She will begin her work at HEI on May 3, 2021. Dr. Mantus comes to HEI after a distinguished career at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) in Washington, DC, where she served on the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology and the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology.

Dr. Mantus brings more than two decades of senior-level experience in the fields of toxicology, chemistry, risk assessment, and science review and management. In her capacity as Scholar at NASEM, she directed more than 20 studies that were central to science and that advanced scientific understanding and the public health of the nation, including ones on toxicity testing strategies, health risks associated with various chemicals, the health benefits of air quality regulations, electric vehicle deployments, and health impact assessment.  As a study director, she successfully oversaw all aspects of scientific assessment and report production from committee selection, operation, peer review, and publication, through communication. She also brings experience in the private sector as a project manager for ICF Consulting. Dr. Mantus received her PhD in chemistry from Cornell University.

All of us in the extended science family of HEI very much look forward to working with Dr. Mantus in the years ahead as we continue to pursue a robust and challenging research and review agenda.

We are also deeply thankful to Dr. Annemoon van Erp for her outstanding and dedicated leadership as HEI’s Acting Director of Science and her continued commitment to HEI during and following Dr. Mantus’s transition into the job.