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  • Confocal micrograph depicting a thermophilic microbial consortium

    A New Way to Model the Complex Metabolism of Microbial Communities

    A new paper in the Journal of Cellular Physiology proposes a novel way to model and predict the metabolic interactions across species in microbial communities. It is authored by five researchers at the PNNL and two colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory.

  • Brian Thrall

    Thrall Provides Input into Strategy for Next Era of Nanotechnology

    Brian Thrall participated in a recent National Nanotech Initiative panel on “human health impacts and responsible development of nanotechnology." The panel provided input into the next strategic plan for nanotechnology research and the next era of all things one-billionth of a meter in size.

  • Dr. Xiao-Ying Yu

    New Patent Granted for PNNL Team's Device

    A patent for a device that allows scientists to capture the moment when a liquid drop, smaller than a pinhole, reacts on a solid surface has been granted to Dr. Xiao-Ying Yu and her team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. They created a device that allows powerful imaging instruments—such as scanning electron microscopes, time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry—to study liquid samples reacting in real-time and a realistic environment.

  • Lipton_bacterioplankton

    An Abundant Ocean Bacterium Leaves All Its Genetic Lights On

    Sometimes the biggest surprises come in the smallest packages. Scientists at PNNL contributed to a recent Nature Microbiology letter on novel metabolic strategies in the ocean bacterium Pelagibacterales (SAR11). To their surprise, scientists discovered that some of SAR11's metabolic circuits stay activated all the time as a "survival mechanism."

  • Jim Fredrickson

    PNNL’s Fredrickson Lends Expertise to Microbiome Seminar Series

    Jim Fredrickson, a geomicrobiologist and Laboratory Fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will serve on a planning committee for “The Chemistry of Microbiomes,” a seminar series hosted this fall by the Chemical Sciences Roundtable. The roundtable is a forum sponsored by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. On the roundtable board is Allison Campbell, Associate Laboratory Director for Earth and Biological Sciences at PNNL.

About The Division

Scientists within the Biological Sciences Division perform biological systems science 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.

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