Biosciences Area scientist Deepika Awasthi won the 2022 Berkeley Lab Pitch Competition held on October 27. The competition, funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and co-hosted by the Intellectual Property Office and the Haas School of Business, was designed to provide scientist-entrepreneurs at the Lab with experience in pitching to key stakeholders such as potential investors and partners.
For Thomasson, a creative outlet helps her feel connected with the natural world while also restoring her calm disposition. In her position at Berkeley Lab, Thomasson supports the BSE Division Director and each day is filled with new challenges and surprises. Keeping a level head and an optimistic attitude are key to her success. “In our role, we just have to stay calm,” Thomasson said. “Things change and you have to adapt.”
The Agile BioFoundry selected new collaborations from its joint funding opportunity with the National Science Foundation. The selected projects all directly contribute to the production of renewable biochemicals and biofuels and build foundational technologies critical for the decarbonization of the industrial and transportation sectors.
A Berkeley Lab team developed a novel software architecture called Neurodata Without Borders (NWB) to serve as a standardized language for neurophysiology data and data-descriptors. The resulting data is findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR), and enables neuroscientists to effectively describe and communicate about their experiments and share data.
Biosciences researchers are among the recipients of four new DOE awards. Two awards will focus on reducing carbon emissions while producing bioenergy. The other two are aimed at understanding the role of microbiomes in the biogeochemical cycling of elements like carbon.