EESD Review: Research Area

Research Area: Biological Systems

ORNL Team Recognized as Gordon Bell Finalist for Breakthrough Genomic Data Science

Computing Genes to Support Living Clean

This article is part of a series of stories covering the finalists for the 2018 Gordon Bell Prize that used the Summit supercomputer. The prize winner will be announced at SC18 in November in Dallas In 2017, opioid abuse in the United States expanded its deadly footprint. According to a...

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ORNL, collaborators to tackle complex questions in biology with math

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are contributing to a new national initiative focused on using math to answer key questions in biology about the intricate mechanisms that influence how genes are expressed as physical and behavioral traits. The National...

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Genomics Code Exceeds Exaops on Summit Supercomputer

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory broke the exascale barrier, achieving a peak throughput of 1.88 exaops—faster than any previously reported science application—while analyzing genomic data on the recently launched Summit ...

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ORNL accelerates bioenergy innovation, sharing scientific discoveries in over 1,000 publications

Generating more than 1,000 publications in peer-reviewed journals, ORNL’s pioneering leadership of two Bioenergy Research Centers has encompassed numerous notable scientific achievements, early-stage technologies and commercial licenses for the development of advanced biofuels and bioproducts....

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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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