Friedman School Expert Named to Federal Scientific Advisory Board

Elena Naumova will guide the EPA’s work on biosolids screening and risk assessment

Elena Naumova, professor and chair of the Division of Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, has been named as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board. As a member, Naumova will contribute her expert knowledge to help ensure that the EPA makes decisions and establishes policies based on the most up-to-date scientific evidence.

Naumova will join 12 other scholars on the Biosolids Panel, which has been tasked with reviewing and advising the development of the draft Biosolids Chemical Risk Assessment and Biosolids Screening Tool for the EPA. Nominated by the American Statistical Association, she is joined by a prestigious group of researchers from across the country.

Naumova’s research harnesses the power of data to analyze issues in public health, environmental science, and the intersection of the two. Her current projects include the Global Nutrition and Health Atlas, a collaboration with Nestlé Research and the Tufts Initiative for Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Diseases, for which she is the director. She also involved in the five-year $100 million STOP Spillover project focusing on wastewater surveillance and disease tracking. A Tufts faculty member since 1997, Naumova has advised more than 100 Tufts graduate students.

In addition to her roles as division chair and professor at the Friedman School, Naumova holds secondary appointments elsewhere at Tufts, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering, the Department of Public Health & Family Medicine at the School of Medicine, and the Department of Mathematics in the School of Arts and Sciences. She holds another secondary appointment at the Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences at Christian Medical College in Vellore, India; serves on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals; and is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Health Policy.

Back to Top