Catherine Elaine Martini

Title: Biosafety Officer/ARO for the BRL

Phone: 703-993-4788

Catherine Martini joined the Environmental Health & Safety program in January 2021 to fill the roles of Biosafety Officer and Responsible Official (RO) at George Mason University’s Biomedical Research Laboratory on the Science and Technology Campus.  The Biosafety Officer is responsible for maintaining a comprehensive biological safety program in accordance with local, state, and Federal regulations while ensuring biosecurity and biocontainment of the agents and facility.  The RO is the designated entity official responsible for ensuring compliance with the Federal Select Agent regulations for work with high risk biological materials, while also ensuring the safety of the personnel.

Prior to joining George Mason University, Catherine worked for almost 20 years at American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) as the Alternate Responsible Official for ATCC’s Select Agent Program.  During this time, she also worked as the Manager of Regulatory Compliance, responsible for reviewing Federal permitting requirements for the importation and exportation of biological materials.  She also provided biosafety knowledge and support for ATCC’s BSL-2 and BSL-3 High Containment Laboratories biosafety program.

Catherine is an alumni, having graduated from George Mason University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.