Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Glenn Fox

A Commitment to Biosecurity

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every corner of the globe. As the world started shutting down, LLNL was quickly able to mobilize research efforts to help respond to this viral threat, leveraging expertise in biosciences and biotechnology and high-performance computing.

Within weeks of the World Health Organization’s declaration that the COVID-19 outbreak was a pandemic, our scientists and engineers initiated research to meet critical national needs. This research includes adapting the Laboratory’s existing diagnostic technology for rapid COVID-19 testing, exploring methods for safe N95 mask reuse, and leveraging the Laboratory’s computational resources to identify potential antiviral drug candidates. Most recently, LLNL partnered with ConserV Bioscience Limited to explore the development of a universal coronavirus vaccine.

A year into this pandemic, LLNL’s strategic and varied response efforts have contributed to diagnostics, medical countermeasures, and medical equipment, but there is still more to be done. The dedicated researchers in the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate and across the entire Laboratory are uniquely positioned to continue this work, innovating solutions to current and future national security challenges.

To learn more about LLNL’s ongoing role in the fight against COVID-19, please visit the research and response website.

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Summer Institute

The 2018 Computational Chemistry and Materials Science (CCMS) Summer Institute will have a special focus on “Quantum Materials and Chemistry” to highlight the science challenges and research opportunities in the development of novel materials for emerging energy and information technologies.

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Summer Internship

Materials and Chemistry Institute (MaCI) offers a unique summer internship experience. Interns have access to state-of-the-art facilities like the Nanoscale Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory, the Jupiter Laser Facility, the Energetic Materials Center, and the National Ignition Facility.

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Nuclear Forensics
Summer Institute

The mission of the Seaborg Institute is to facilitate the training of the next generation of nuclear scientists. This program offers graduate students the opportunity to work directly with leading LLNL researchers on projects in the areas of nuclear forensics, nuclear chemistry, and environmental radiochemistry.

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Physical & Life Sciences External Review Committee

Information for PLS External Review Committee Members