EESD Review: Research Area

Research Area: Biological Systems

Dan Jacobson : Embracing complexity in biological systems

Dan Jacobson is illuminating the workings of biological systems from the molecular scale up by leveraging Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s supercomputing resources to create machine- and deep-learning techniques more easily understood by humans—an evolving field called explainable artificial...

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Using high-performance computing to study co-evolutionary networks in poplar

A cross-disciplinary research team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is using supercomputing to create an unprecedented view of the 3D interactions among components of the cellular machinery in Populus trichocarpa (black cottonwood), a fast-growing perennial tree that shows promise as a low-...

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Unlocking the secrets of symbiosis with David Weston

David Weston became fascinated with plant genetics and ecology in college, and now with the support provided by the DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program, he will link those fields as he studies plant-microbe symbiosis. The research will focus on sphagnum moss, a dominant plant of...

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Julie Mitchell: Deputy Director, Biosciences Division

Interdisciplinary work has been a hallmark of Julie Mitchell’s career, and it is a strength she expects to leverage in helping solve some big science challenges as she steps into the role of Deputy Director of the Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Mitchell will...

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Josh Michener: Engineering evolution for better microbes

Working backwards has moved Josh Michener’s research far forward as he uses evolution and genetics to engineer microbes for better conversion of plants into biofuels and biochemicals. In his work for the BioEnergy Science Center at ORNL, for instance, “we’ve gotten good at engineering microbes...

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ORNL scientists build bridge to the classroom with bioscience workshop

As a new school year begins, educators participating in a recent workshop at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will return to the classroom with a greater understanding of bioenergy research and how they can prepare students for a future in the burgeoning bioeconomy. Middle and high school...

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Bringing technological advances to bioscience:  Jerry Tuskan

It’s been 10 years since the US Department of Energy first established a BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and researcher Gerald “Jerry” Tuskan has used that time and the lab’s and center’s resources and tools to make good on his college dreams of using...

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ORNL researchers study Southeast US wood pellet industry

With a growing volume of wood pellets being produced and shipped from the Southeast United States to Europe as a renewable energy source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers recently took a look at the state of the industry and examined data on environmental impacts. Wood pellet...

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Sowing the seeds for scientific breakthroughs: Mindy Clark

Mindy Clark’s enthusiasm for plant biology has only grown from her time in the classroom at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) to her years working in greenhouse operations for private industry and more recently at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Mindy’s excitement and her meticulous...

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A road less traveled: Melissa Cregger

After traveling an unconventional path to get here, Melissa Cregger has found Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) a perfect place to accommodate, and even encourage, her diverse scientific interests. Melissa began working at the lab as a postdoctoral researcher studying plant–microbe...

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