Christina Murata

Senior Director, Air Quality and Exposure

Christina Murata


  • PhD, Molecular Cell Biology, Washington University School of Medicine
  • MS, National Security Strategy, National War College
  • BS, Biology, Samford University

Christina Murata is an expert in national security specializing in chemical and biological defense. She is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of our program in air quality and exposure.

Before joining RTI in 2016, Dr. Murata spent 13 years with the federal government, including the Department of Defense and the State Department. Most recently, she led the development of an innovation and advanced technology portfolio for U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She has also served as Chief of Staff for the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, which works with industry, government, and academia to expand the department’s technological capabilities.

Dr. Murata has led a variety of security-related projects in domestic and international settings. At the Department of Defense, she built an automatic system to protect the Pentagon from chemical or biological attack.  The effort was hailed by the National Academies of Science as representing the “highest standard” of all building protection programs.  As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) diplomacy fellow at the State Department, she launched a trans-Atlantic conference series on emerging science and technology policy issues and worked to secure dangerous pathogens and weapons expertise in the former Soviet Union.