The Environmental Molecular Sciences Division (EMSD) and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), the user facility PNNL manages, support the US Department of Energy (DOE) Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program’s mission to achieve fundamental understanding and prediction of complex biological, Earth, and environmental systems for energy and infrastructure security.
EMSD is working toward three large-scale strategic science objectives.
- Digital Phenome Platform (DigiPhen): Engineering biology from biomolecules to organisms. This project is focused on creating methods for predictive modeling of protein function, pathway identification, and phenotype.
- Molecular Observation Network (MONet): Modeling from elements to ecosystems. This project creates a national molecular-level ecosystem/watershed/coastal monitoring network.
- Modeling and Data Sciences Capability (MDS): Visualizing all biological and environmental data. This project focuses on developing a BER-dedicated capability that provides mid-range high-performance computing for data-model integration and multiscale modeling.
The foundation for these long-term objectives are EMSD/EMSL's research areas.
Scientists at EMSD also support non-BER-funded research projects that use EMSL’s capabilities. Our scientists are leading or have led projects funded by:
- the National Science Foundation, including the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology
- the National Institutes of Health, including the Pacific Northwest Center for Cryo-EM
- DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, including Next Generation Cathodes, Battery Materials Research, and Advanced Manufacturing Office