Mission-driven sciences and technology advancing the security and well-being of the nation
Concerns about underground nuclear testing and the effects of ionizing radiation on humans prompted the Atomic Energy Commission to establish a biological research program at Lawrence Livermore in 1963. Since then, the program’s mission has evolved to address changing national needs, while making important scientific breakthroughs in the process. For instance, the early work on radiation led to the discovery of flow sorting and chromosome painting, which enabled researchers to study DNA damage and the creation of chromosome-specific clone libraries in new ways. The Human Genome Project, the largest biological research project ever undertaken, followed these key discoveries.
In the years since 9/11, Livermore biologists have concentrated their efforts on detecting, assessing, and combating biological threats, both natural and deliberately developed. The Biosciences and Biotechnology Division is the nexus for biology research at the Laboratory. Our biologists work closely with chemists, engineers, physicists, and computer scientists from across the Laboratory on endeavors such as delivering technologies that rapidly detect a pathogen once it is released, processing samples with possible bioterrorist agents, cleaning contaminated facilities, and treating people exposed to pathogens, to name just a few.
Learn more about the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division in the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate.
Learn more about Livermore’s biosecurity and biomedical capabilities.
March 7, 2017
Since first achieving accreditation in 2003, Lawrence Livermore’s Forensic Science Center (FSC) is one of just two U.S. laboratories accredited by the OPCW.
March 5, 2017
On Feb. 11, hundreds filled the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore for a presentation titled “Reconstructing a Rabies Epidemic: Byte by Byte.”
October 28, 2016
Hydraulic fracturing has driven the oil and gas boom over the last decade, but comprehensive understanding of the physical mechanisms that govern the process remains elusive.
Sept. 11, 2017
LLNL physicist Regina Soufli has been elected as an senior member of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.
Aug. 3, 2017
Renowned Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory atmospheric scientist Ben Santer has been selected as a fellow by the American Meteorological Society.
Aug. 17, 2017
With the help of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, Lab scientist Michael Schneider plans to see more stars and galaxies than ever before.