Lab Leadership

Paul D. Adams

Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences
Phone: (510) 486-4225 | Fax: (510) 486-5909
Location: 033-0250 | Mail Stop: 33R0229
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Berkeley Lab’s Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences oversees the Biological Systems & Engineering, Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology, and Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Divisions, as well as the DOE Joint Genome Institute. Adams is a senior scientist who has served as Director of the Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division since 2015 and as Vice President for Technology and Director of Structural Biology for the Joint BioEnergy Institute since 2007. He heads a multi-institutional program, which he established when he joined the Lab in 1999, that develops the Phenix software suite used by structural biologists worldwide to solve macromolecular structures. In addition, he has overseen the Biosciences activities at the Advanced Light Source synchrotron since 2011 and has been Laboratory Research Manager for the ENIGMA Scientific Focus Area since 2009. Adams’s research focuses on the development of new algorithms and methods for structural biology, structural studies of large macromolecular machines, and development of cellulosic biofuels. He earned his doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Edinburgh and performed his postdoctoral work at Yale University. He is also an adjunct professor in the department of bioengineering at the University of California Berkeley.

Jens Birkholzer

Interim Associate Laboratory Director for Earth & Environmental Sciences
Phone: (510) 486-7134 | Fax: (510) 486-5686
Location: 84-322 | Mail Stop: 74R-316C
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Berkeley Lab’s Associate Laboratory Director of the Earth & Environmental Sciences oversees Climate and Ecosystem Sciences and Energy Geosciences. Dr. Jens Birkholzer is a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and currently serves as the Interim Associate Laboratory Director. Dr. Birkholzer received his Ph.D. in water resources, hydrology, and soil science from Aachen University of Technology in Germany in 1994. He joined LBNL in 1994, left for a management position in his native Germany in 1999, and eventually returned to LBNL in 2001. Before his appointment as Interim ALD, Dr. Birkholzer was the Director of the Energy Geosciences Division. As an internationally recognized expert in subsurface energy applications and environmental impact assessment, he has over 400 scientific publications, about 170 of which are in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to numerous research reports. He serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control (IJGGC), the Energies Journal (Geo-Energy Section), the Journal of Sustainable Energy Engineering, and is also on the Board of Editorial Policy Advisors for the Journal of Geomechanics for Energy and Environment (GETE). Dr. Birkholzer leads the international DECOVALEX Project as its Chairman, is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and a Senior Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology. 

Jonathan T. Carter

Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences
Phone: 510-846-7514 | Fax: 510-486-4300
Location: 59-3026 | Mail Stop: 59R3022B
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Berkeley Lab’s ALD for Computing Sciences oversees the Laboratory’s Computational Research Division (CRD), the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), and the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet). Carter has held technical and management roles in the CS Area, first as a technical member and then manager of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) User Services Group. During this time, Carter played a key role in procuring and deploying two of the world’s fastest supercomputers at NERSC. After these successes, he served as CS Area Deputy for eight years and nearly four years as CS Area Deputy for Science. He has held leadership roles in several initiatives within the Department of Energy (DOE) complex, most notably the Exascale Computing Project and Quantum Information Science (QIS). Before coming to Berkeley Lab, Carter was a scientific staff member at IBM Research – Almaden, San Jose, Calif., in the Science and Technology Department. There he conducted research and development of computational chemistry methods and software for application to technology challenges. He holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, followed by postdoctoral work at the University of British Columbia, Canada and at IBM Research.

Jeffrey B. Neaton

Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences
Phone: (510) 486-4527 | Fax: (510) 486-6033
Location: 50B-4240 | Mail Stop: 50B-4230
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Berkeley Lab’s Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences oversees the Chemical Sciences and Materials Sciences Divisions, as well as the lab’s two Basic Energy Sciences-sponsored national scientific User Facilities, the Advanced Light Source and the Molecular Foundry. Jeffrey B. Neaton is​ ​a Senior Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory​ and ​a Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley. He is the Associate Director of the Center for Computational Study of Excited-State Phenomena in Energy Materials at Berkeley Lab and a member of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at UC Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in physics under Neil Ashcroft from Cornell University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University. After having worked as a postdoc and staff scientist at the Molecular Foundry, he became Director of the Molecular Foundry in 2013. Neaton is a recipient of a DOE Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers award, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Ravi Prasher

Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies
Phone: (510) 486-7291 | Fax: (510) 486-4260
Location: 070-0109A | Mail Stop: 70R0108B
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Berkeley Lab’s Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies has laboratory-wide responsibility for accelerating the translation of basic and applied research results into real world energy applications. Ravi Prasher holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi. Prior to his ALD appointment in July 2018, he was director of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources (ESDR) Division, where he led the Lab’s research on batteries, fuel cells, and grid modernization. He is also an adjunct professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the Lab in 2015, Prasher was the vice president of product development of Sheetak Inc., a startup developing solid-state thermoelectric energy converters. Earlier, he was one of the first program directors at DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), where he created programs for cooling/heating of buildings and thermal storage. He also worked at Intel and was an adjunct professor in the school of engineering at Arizona State University from 2005 to 2013.

Natalie Roe

Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences
Phone: (510) 486-6380  |  Fax: (510) 486-6003
Location: 50-4055  |  Mail Stop: 50-4049
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Berkeley Lab’s Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences champions the highly-accomplished research divisions in accelerator technology, engineering, nuclear science, particle physics and cosmology. Appointed ALD in July 2020, Natalie Roe received her PhD in Physics in 1989 from Stanford University.  She joined the Lab as a postdoctoral fellow and held positions as Staff Scientist, Senior Scientist and Physics Division Director prior to taking on the ALD role.  Roe has developed advanced instrumentation for her research in particle physics, and more recently for cosmology experiments designed to study dark energy and the early universe.  As Director of the Physics Division, Roe oversaw an expansion of research into dark matter, dark energy and quantum information science. Roe is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society, and has served as president of the APS Division of Particles and Fields, as well as numerous national and international advisory committees.  She was a founding member of Berkeley Lab’s Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) and is an executive sponsor of the Lab’s Early Career Employee Resource Group.