The Biological Sciences Division has 14 collaborative, interdisciplinary teams working to understand how plants, microbes, and algae function in a way that helps predict their response to environmental change and their potential for energy production. Insights into the workings of human tissues reveal how toxins and pathogens could influence human health. Our research inspires biology-based advances to tackle some of the biggest challenges our world faces in ecosystem sustainability and human health. Learn more about how PNNL teams explore these areas using instrumentation that provides large-scale, molecular-level information and computational tools to efficiently process vast amounts of data.

Featured Highlights

NOVEMBER 10, 2020
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Glowing Progress in Pathogen Discovery

Researchers at PNNL have developed a bacteria testing system called OmniScreen that combines biological and synthetic chemistry with machine learning to hunt down pathogens before they strike.
APRIL 21, 2020
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Beneath It All

At PNNL, subsurface science inhabits two separate but interlocking worlds. One looks at basic science, the other at applied science and engineering. Both are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).