University of California San Francisco (UCSF), UC Davis, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have formed a Tri-Institutional Partnership in Microbiome Research (TrIP Microbiome) to catalyze and fund novel, bold, and potentially transformative collaborative microbiome research projects. A unique aspect of the partnership is its data-driven focus and data infrastructure, brought through the participation of the Berkeley Lab-led National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC). The NMDC is working with TrIP Microbiome researchers to catalyze experimental co-design between biologists and computational scientists, adoption of data management best practices, and open science to enable cross-study comparison and machine learning.
In mid-March, Dr. Jim Bristow’s wife couldn’t stop coughing. Her symptoms pointed to coronavirus, but she couldn’t get tested — in part because of the nationwide test shortage, but also because the pair lived in Vashon, an idyllic town on an island in Washington State’s Puget Sound with scant medical resources.
Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences Mary Maxon has announced the release of the 2019 version of the 10-year Biosciences Scientific Strategic Plan (BSP). The plan was refreshed this year to reflect a deeper integration of computing across our science strategies, increased the emphasis on biodetection and biosecurity, and to restructure the Health pillar to more accurately describe the enduring capabilities in Biosciences. In addition, the BSP implementation team was asked to take a look forward to 2028—five years beyond the end of the current BSP—to signal new concepts for the future.
On July 16-17, 2018, Berkeley Lab hosted a workshop on opportunities to develop new materials made by biology that focused on inorganic and organic/inorganic composites. This event brought together researchers from across the lab to identify areas for collaborative research that bridge biology, chemistry, materials science, and computing. The workshop was held in anticipation of two recent workshops, one each hosted by the Department of Energy and Department of Defense, to develop a Berkeley Lab perspective for these types of materials. Caroline Ajo-Franklin, Peter Fischer, and Jay Keasling hosted the two-day meeting. The workshop report, which was compiled based on participant discussions and was reviewed by the participants, is now available for download.
Frances Arnold, the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Biotechnology at the California Institute of Technology, is one of the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry. She was a founding member of Berkeley Lab’s Biosciences Expert Advisory Committee and has some connections with the Biosciences Area from her time as a graduate student and postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Berkeley.