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Research projects in the Division range from fundamental studies of genome sequences using molecular biology and computational strategies as well as experimental validation of protein structure/function to detailed analysis of field samples for the characterization of natural biochemical processes at the molecular level.

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The mission of the Biosciences Division is to use state-of-the-art technology to conduct multidisciplinary basic research that will increase our understanding of the fundamental molecular mechanisms of life with the goal of enabling important advances in environmental protection and remediation, energy production and sustainability, and human health and welfare.
Ribbon diagram representative of Biosciences researchBiosciences Division Seeking New Director
April 9, 2013 — Argonne is seeking applications for the position of Director of the Biosciences (BIO) Division to lead world-class basic and applied research. Read more.
Protein crystal samples are placed on a small metal tip so X-rays from the adjacent beam pipe can pass through them and diffract off the atoms inside the crystal.Lessening X-ray damage is healthy for protein discovery data too
December 16, 2013 — New recommendations for using X-rays promise to speed investigations aimed at understanding the structure and function of biologically important proteins – information critical to the development of new drugs. Read more.
Kayakers and boats traverse the branch of the Chicago River in the downtown area Argonne partners with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to study Chicago River microbe population
December 2, 2013 — Environmental microbiologist Jack Gilbert and other scientists from Argonne are partnering with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to find out the typical sources and distribution of microbial communities in Chicago area waterways. Read more.
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Roser MatamalaRoser Matamala
Roser Matamala is a terrestrial ecologist who specializes in biogeochemistry and global change research. Read more.

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