As part of Berkeley Lab’s 90th Anniversary, we’re reflecting back in history on all that has been accomplished in biological sciences; talking in the present with Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences, Mary Maxon; and looking forward to the future with project scientist Nathalie Elisabeth in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) Division.
In the early days at the Lab, almost 90 years ago, John Lawrence, the younger brother of founder Ernest Lawrence, executed the first successful treatment of human disease using radioisotopes. Biological sciences have been integral to Lab efforts ever since.
Today, Biosciences Area scientists and engineers continue to contribute groundbreaking discoveries and innovative solutions by using biology to solve energy and environmental challenges. Mary Maxon discussed how the vision for this field of research at the Lab, started 90 years ago, is being executed today, from working to dramatically reduce the cost of biofuel to pivoting their research during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
And projecting into the future, Nathalie Elisabeth has a vision for scientific research that includes transitioning away from fossil fuels and increasing representation across minorities in STEM. “I believe that science should be inclusive; everybody can play a role in tackling the world’s challenges,” Elisabeth said.
Check out The Next 90, the official website celebrating the Berkeley Lab’s 90th Anniversary.