Karin Hoelzer is a senior officer in health programs supporting Pew’s safe food and antibiotic resistance projects. Hoelzer, a veterinarian by training, focuses on research and policies related to foodborne pathogens, the use of antibiotics in animals, and other public health risks related to the food supply.
Before joining Pew, Hoelzer worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she developed and led risk assessments and conducted systematic reviews and meta-analyses on a variety of issues, such as drug residues in dairy products and Listeria monocytogenes in retail delicatessens. Previously, she was a research associate at Cornell University, where she traced the transmission of pathogens between livestock and humans.
Hoelzer holds doctorates in veterinary medicine from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany and comparative biomedical sciences from Cornell University. She has received numerous honors and awards, including a Morris Animal Foundation fellowship training grant, and is the author of many peer-reviewed publications. Hoelzer is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Society for Risk Analysis, and the International Association for Food Protection. She serves as scientific editor for the Elsevier journal Research in Veterinary Science.