Kristin M. Omberg
Areas of Expertise: National security, counterterrorism, public health, and science policy
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Region: Washington state
Kristin M. Omberg, Ph.D., is the Technical Group Manager of the Chemical & Biological Signature Science Group in the National Security Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Chemical & Biological Signature Science Group is an interdisciplinary group of about 50 researchers who solve challenges related to trace chemical and biological agent detection and forensics.
Dr. Omberg has led numerous field experiments characterizing the fate, transport and detection of biological agents and chemicals in the environment. These studies were sponsored by the United States Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, as part of their counterterrorism research and development programs. She has been recognized by the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service for her service to national security special events such as the 2008 and 2004 Democratic National Conventions. Prior to joining Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, she spent 16 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
From 1998 to 1999, Dr. Omberg was a Congressional Science Policy Fellow with the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget (Majority Staff). Her fellowship was sponsored by the ACS and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Dr. Omberg holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and a Doctoral Certificate in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Certificate in International Security from Stanford University, and a B.S. in chemistry and B.A. in philosophy from Gonzaga University. She received an R&D100 Award in 2003, and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.