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.

Our Research


Ecosystem Science

Human Health

Integrative Omics

Microbiome Science

Advanced Metabolomics

Cancer Biology

Chemical Biology

Human Microbiome

Mass Spectrometry-Based Measurement Technologies

Nanoscale Proteomics

Soil Microbiome

Featured Highlights

JULY 23, 2020

Deconstructing the Soil Microbiome

By studying discrete functional components of the soil microbiome at high resolution, researchers obtained a more complete picture of soil diversity compared to analysis of the entire soil community.