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About the Division

Scientists within the Biological Sciences Division perform systems and synthetic biology research and develop technologies focused on how cells, cell communities, and organisms sense and respond to their environment. Our vision is to measure, predict, design, and control multi-cellular biological systems and bio-inspired solutions for energy, environment, and health.

Our investigator-initiated and multi-institutional collaborative research, unique scientific instrumentation, and national program leadership translate the latest scientific discoveries into technologies that are beneficial to the nation.

Our research has applications to energy, environment, and human health missions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal agencies.

For DOE, our work produces science and technology to

  • Measure, predict, design, and control multi-cellular biological systems
  • Understand energy and material transfer in the subsurface from molecular to field scales.

For the NIH, we produce science and technology to enable early detection of disease and improve therapy through a systems analysis approach to predict response to environmental exposures, disease, and treatment.

Signature Strengths of the Biological Sciences Division

  • Systems Microbiology and Microbial Ecology
  • Integrated Omics Technology Development and Biological Application
  • Exposure Science and Systems Toxicology

Our strategic intent is to maintain and grow these signature strengths, building upon them and Lab resources, to become world-class in systems and synthetic biology of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms.

We welcome the opportunity to help you in any of these areas, either through contract or collaborative research. We also provide opportunities for you to work in our facilities as an employee or intern, or under other educational programs.

Contact us for more information.

Jim K. Fredrickson, Ph.D.
Interim Director, Biological Sciences Division

Biological Sciences

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Fundamental & Computational Sciences

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