Group Leader, Chemical and Biological Signature Science
Group Leader, Chemical and Biological Signature Science


Kristin M. Omberg, PhD, joined PNNL in 2015. She is the manager of the Chemical and Biological Signature Science Group, which comprises about 60 researchers working to develop and integrate experimental and data analytics techniques spanning chemistry, biology, and advanced materials to identify and solve scientific challenges of national security importance and address emerging threats. Kristin’s technical work is focused on the development of science and technology solutions that can be deployed in operational environments or used to inform policy decisions. She recently led the team that established a CLIA certified high-complexity testing laboratory to process COVID-19 specimens at PNNL and is currently working with the U.S. Departments of Energy and Health and Human Services to evaluate methods for COVID-19 specimen analysis.

Before joining PNNL, she spent more than 15 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she was a program manager and principal investigator for numerous projects for the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Defense. She led field experiments and operational deployments involving environmental sampling for biological agents; investigated the persistence, fate, and transport of chemical and bioterrorism agents in outdoor environments; and developed statistically based methods for evaluating detection protocols. In 1999, Kristin was a Congressional Science Fellow with the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget. She is the recipient of an R&D 100 Award for environmental biodetection and a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.


PhD, Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Doctoral Certificate in Public Policy Analysis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Certificate in International Security, Stanford University

BS, Chemistry, Gonzaga University

BA, Philosophy, Gonzaga University