Elsa Murano has been the director of the Norman E Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University since 2012. She joined Texas A&M in 1995 as an associate professor at the Department of Animal Science and as the associate director of the Center for Food Safety within the Institute for Food Science and Engineering. She later served as director of the centre from 1997 to 2001. During this time, Murano became a full professor and the holder of the Sadie Hatfield Professorship in Agriculture. Between 2001 and 2004, she served as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety for the US Department of Agriculture. Murano obtained her PhD in food science and technology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Before joining Norman E Borlaug Institute, she held a number of leadership positions, including president of Texas A&M University System and dean and vice-chancellor of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Murano joined the ILRI Board in November 2016.