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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.
NIJ Awards Argonne More than $500,000 in Funding for Microbial Research NIJ Awards Argonne More than $500,000 in Funding for Microbial Research
October 14, 2015 — The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has awarded Argonne National Laboratory a funding award of over $500,000 to conduct predictive research linking microbial signatures to human lifestyle characteristics. The primary goal of the research will be to develop a knowledgebase and model linking key features (community structure, taxonomic markers, oligotype frequency) of the human skin microbiome to personal traits about an individual. These research efforts will take place by a team led by Dr. Jack Gilbert, a microbial ecologist and group leader in Argonne's Biosciences division. Other project collaborators include Nova Southeastern University, Broward (Florida) Sheriff's Office, and the BioFrontiers Institute. .Read more.
Closer look at microorganism provides insight on carbon cycling Closer look at microorganism provides insight on carbon cycling
July 13, 2015 — Some of the world’s tiniest organisms may have a large impact on climate change.Read more.
A new study from Argonne provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments.Philippe Noirot is the new division director of the Biosciences division at Argonne National Laboratory
January 9, 2015 — Q: What do you see as the grand challenges in the biosciences right now, and how is the Biosciences division addressing these challenges?. 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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