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  • Hans Research

    When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Growing

    PNNL researchers, in collaboration with scientists from several other institutions, have figured out how Synechococcus grows at a rate that far outpaces most of its peers. Using these findings, researchers potentially could make fuels and chemicals faster than is currently possible.

  • Bond Lamberty

    Bridging the 'Respiration Gap' between Measurements and Models

    The global Earth system models used to predict the future climate and carbon cycle are very sensitive to changes in heterotrophic respiration. But climate scientists have little confidence that such models do a good job in representing this important component of the carbon cycle. Authors of an "Innovative Viewpoints" paper propose "decomposition functional types" as a new approach, or "intermediate step," that has the potential to allow models to make much greater use of observational data.

  • Weijun Qian

    Qian Awarded $1.8M for Diabetes Research

    The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) awarded PNNL bioanalytical chemist Wei-Jun Qian a $1.8M grant for Type I diabetes research. Qian will use the funds over three years to develop proteomic signatures that can predict the progression of the disease in patients.

  • Jansson & Bailey

    Bailey & Jansson Quoted in PNAS Article

    Vanessa Bailey and Janet Jansson, prominent microbiologists at PNNL, were quoted extensively this week in "Crucial role of belowground biodiversity," a John Carey feature story in the July 12 issue of the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

  • Jansson & Bailey

    Soil Scientist Taniya RoyChowdhury to Speak at EcoSummit 2016

    PNNL soil scientist Taniya RoyChowdhury will share her expertise at EcoSummit 2016 in Montpellier, France next month. Her talk, "Role of the soil microbiome in wetland coupled carbon biogeochemistry: A multi-omics approach," will address the importance of using a suite of omics approaches to understand the relationship between microbiomesand biogeochemical processes.

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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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