ORNL research is examining life across scales, from the genome to the environment, to find biological solutions for sustainable energy sources and a cleaner world. Underpinning such solutions is a better understanding of complex biological systems and their intricate relationships with the environment. To achieve this understanding, ORNL brings together multidisciplinary expertise and special facilities in genomics, computational biology, plant sciences, microbiology, microbial ecology, biophysics, and structural biology. This collective expertise includes collaborations within and outside ORNL and focuses on scientific challenges in biology for Department of Energy (DOE) missions in energy and environment.
Continuing a 50-year legacy that includes 26 R&D 100 awards, ORNL biology and environmental programs are supported by other federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and Environmental Protection Agency, along with several industrial partners. Current systems biology projects comprise the following integrated and complementary research areas.