Nathan Hillson, a light-haired person wearing a plaid shirt, poses for a headshot outdoors.

Artificial intelligence-driven design/synthetic biology

Genome engineering

Sustainable biomanufacturing


Techno-economic analysis

Student works with plant samples on a shelf. Masked scientist holding a vial. Two scientists sitting at a computer desk with instrumentation. Two scientists working on a plant root sample. Plane flying overhead. Long grass in front of a smoking factory. Green field in front of blue, cloud-filled sky. Exterior view of a glowing energy industrial factory at sunset. Two scientists in lab coats working in ABPDU's facility.

As part of a newly established collaborative, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will co-lead an effort to establish a bioindustrial manufacturing capability in California’s Northern San Joaquin Valley.

Research Scientist and Deputy Director of Host Engineering at the JBEI Thomas Eng is using the gene editing tool CRISPR to create a more sustainable plastic.

What do advanced medicines, renewable fuels, vegan burgers, smart fabrics, petroleum-free plastics, and cruelty-free cosmetics have in common? They’re all produced with specially engineered microbes! Yep, microbes. In episode three, we explore the fields of science making this 21st century industrial revolution possible: synthetic biology and biomanufacturing.

Worms eye view of an industrial development obscured by blades of grass. Two scientists wearing lab coats, gloves, and protective eye gear work in a lab. A digital illustration of an hourglass filled with pieces of virus capsules and DNA strands. The pieces at the top of the hourglass are purple, and they are flowing downward into viral pieces that are orange. Sorghum at the Agronomy Field. Colorful, abstract nebulous image. View of highway at sunrise with a semi coming toward the viewer.