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Randall Murch

Professor of Practice, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)
  • Research Lead, Office of the Vice President for Strategic Alliances (new)
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, CALS
  • IPA (ON Loan 50% Level of Effort), Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Ft. Belvoir, VA
Randall Murch
900 N Glebe Rd.,
Arlington, VA 22203
  • Ph.D., Plant Pathology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 1979
  • M.S. Botanical Sciences, University of Hawai’i-Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i, 1976
  • B.S., Biology, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, 1974
  • Special Agent and Senior Executive, Federal Bureau of Investigation, January 1980 – November 2002
  • Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria VA, December 2002 – December 2004
  • Biosecurity
  • Cyberbiosecurity
  • Forensics and Attribution of Biological Weapons
  • Science and Security
  • Strategic Security
  • Murch, R. S, 2015. Bioattribution Needs an Organized International Approach to Improve Global Biosecurity. Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 1 June 2015,
  • Kilanski, A. and R. Murch. 2015. When is Gain of Function Research not “Gain of Function” Research. EMBO Reports DOI 10.15252/embr, Published Online 04.11.2015 (November 4, 2015)
  • Murch, R. S. 2016. CSI2: CBRN Crime Scene Investigation. CBRNe World, October 2016: 39 – 44
  • Peccoud, J., J. Gallegos, R. Murch, W. Buchholz and S. Raman. 2017. Cyberbiosecurity: From Naive Trust to Risk Awareness. Trends in Biotechnology, 36 (1): 4 – 7. DOI:
  • Murch, R. S. 2018. Chapter 5, A Perspective on the Strategy of Intelligence. pp. 43 – 74. In: Defence Against Bioterrorism: Methods for Prevention and Control. NATO Science for Peace, Series A: Chemistry and Biology, Proceedings of a NATO Advanced Research Workshop, Belgrade, Serbia, March 16 -17, 2017. Springer, Dordrech, The Netherlands.
  • Murch, R. S., K. L. W. So, S. Raman, W. Buchholz and J. Peccoud. 2018. Cyberbiosecurity: An Emerging New Discipline to Help Safeguard the Bioeconomy.  Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. Vol. 6, Article 39, 6 ppg. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2018.00039
  • Murch, R. 2018. Biosecurity Evolving as Cyber Threats Emerge. Homeland Security Today. March 26, 2018.
  • Murch, R. 2018. Navigating Cyberbiosecurity Threats and New Security Frontier. Homeland Security Today. April 16, 2018.
  • Murch, R. S. and B. Budowle, 2019. An International Microbial Forensics Research Strategy and Its Collaborative Pursuit is Needed. In: Microbial Forensics, 3rd Edition, B. Budowle, S. Schutzer and S. Morse, Eds., Elsevier (In press, Due Out December 2019)
  • Bidwell, C. and R. Murch. 2019. Use of Microbial Forensics Data in Scientific, Legal, and Policy Contexts. In: Microbial Forensics, 3rd Edition, B. Budowle, S. Schutzer and S. Morse, Eds., Elsevier (In press, Due Out December 2019)
  • Murch, R. S. and D. DiEuliis. 2019. Guest Editors. Mapping the Cyberbiosecurity Enterprise. Invited Research Topic Special Collection. Frontiers: Bioengineering and Biotechnology (Section on Biosafety and Biosecurity). Initiated Fall 2018, Articles published in 2019 (16 articles, 71 authors), E-Book In Production, See
  • Duncan, S.E., R. Reinhard, R. C. Williams, A. F. Ramsey, W. Thomason, K. Lee, N. Dudek, S. Mostaghimi, E. Colbert and R. S. Murch. 2019. Cyberbiosecurity: A New Perspective on Protecting U.S. Food and Agricultural System. In: Research Topic “Mapping the Cyberbiosecurity Enterprise” Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol.| doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2019.00063
  • Richardson, L., N. Connell, E. Pauwels, S. Lewis and R. S. Murch. 2019. Cyberbiosecurity: a call for cooperation in a new threat landscape. Front. Bioengin. Biotech. In: Research Topic “Mapping the Cyberbiosecurity Enterprise” Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2019.00099

I am actively involved in leading the development and advancement of cyberbiosecurity, the second scientific discipline I have created, both inside and outside the U.S. Government through various means. I am currently working with colleagues at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) on a cyberbiosecurity pilot project which will be implemented in a Partner Nation through a long-running biothreat reduction program.