Jim De Yoreo, Janet Jansson and Yong Wang at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been selected to join the Washington State Academy of Sciences. These three scientists will join others being recognized for outstanding scientific achievement and leadership. As academy members, they will provide expert analysis to inform public policy-making, and work to increase the role and visibility of science in Washington state.
PNNL scientists have directed a common bacterium to produce more of a valuable fatty acid, lauric acid, than it typically does. The achievement is noteworthy not simply because of the increased production of fatty acid, which can be a useful component of biofuels, but it also opens the door for scientists to manipulate such organisms to produce compounds useful as fuels or medicines.
PNNL researcher Marianne Sowa was recently appointed as an associate editor for THREE (The Health Risks of Extraterrestrial Environments), a widely used, peer-reviewed, encyclopedic source of information on space radiation. It was established by NASA to provide a resource for those working in the area of space radiation research.
Scientists can now see biofilms, structured communities of microbes, in 3D and real time thanks to a microfluidic reactor developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The System for Analysis at the Liquid Vacuum Interface (SALVI) recently produced the first 3D images of live biofilms using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, providing a fresh view of these complex structures.
Scientists at Oregon State University and PNNL have developed a faster, more accurate method to assess cancer risk from certain common environmental pollutants. They found they could analyze immediate genetic responses of skin cells of exposed mice and apply statistical approaches to determine whether those cells would eventually become cancerous.
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.