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  • Janet Jansson

    Janet Jansson participates in White House Panel Discussion

    PNNL's Janet K. Jansson was among experts who took part in a three-hour White House webcast that launched the new National Microbiome Initiative. Jansson, a 25-year microbiome researcher, was part of the event's innovation panel, where experts were asked to take a speculative "blue sky" look at imagining how microbiome research could be improved.

  • two DNA simulations

    A New Model for Simulating the Atmosphere of Ions Around DNA

    In nature, DNA exists within a solution rife with electrostatically charged atoms or molecules called ions. A recent study led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers investigated a new model of how B-DNA, the form of DNA that predominates in cells, is influenced by the water-and-ions “atmosphere” around it.

  • Vijay Murugesan and Jian Zhi Hu

    NMR Study Named Among "Most Cited" by Elsevier

    PNNL scientists Vijay Murugesan, Jian Zhi Hu, Birgit Schwenzer, Zhenguo Yang, Theva Thevuthasan, Jun Liu, and Gordon Graff co-authored a research paper that has been named one of 25 most-cited solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance studies since 2011 by Elsevier, publisher of more than 2,000 academic journals.

  • Cow and image of bacterium zone

    From a Cow’s Gut, a Key to Future Biofuels

    Scientists at PNNL and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently made advances in unlocking the mystery of how to break down tough cellulose in plant matter by investigating Fibrobacter succinogenes S85, an anaerobic bacterium found in the rumen of cows and other herbivores. "Deconstructing" cellulose is the key to using biomass for the clean-energy biofuels of the future.

  • James Schematic of hyporheic zone

    Microbes Take Center Stage in Workings of "the River's Liver"

    A team of researchers at PNNL are studying the hyporheic zone, a riverine biogeochemical hotspot, where hungry microbes may boost emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases. Understanding what occurs when surface water and groundwater meet and mix is critical for understanding our planet's carbon cycle

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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