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Human genomics

Built on our contributions to the Human Genome Project, our ongoing genomics work seeks to understand how gene coding and noncoding regulatory DNA regions give rise to cellular functions.

Thirdhand smoke

Research into the health effects that chemicals from tobacco products have on those exposed to contaminated surfaces and objects.

Cancer research

Using human cells and animal models to study the genetic, epigenetic, cellular, and environmental factors that contribute to cancer.

Neurodegenerative disease research

Combining cell and tissue imaging and neuroscience to improve our understanding of the anatomical, biochemical, and neurochemical underpinnings of neurodegenerative diseases.

DNA repair

Investigating the cellular mechanisms responsible for repairing breaks and defects in DNA strands — processes that, when disrupted, can cause cancer and other diseases.

Structural biology and imaging

Using cryo-electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography, and X-ray tomography to reveal insights into biological structures such as enzymes, antibodies, and therapeutic targets.

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The CCI develops technology and software to improve the speed and ease of molecular structure solving using X-ray crystallography, neutron diffraction, and electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM) datasets.

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Studying normal brain aging processes and neurodegenerative disease pathology using positron emission tomography (PET), structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), neuropsychology, and cognitive neuroscience.

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A collective of X-ray beamlines at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) that are dedicated to crystallography and small-angle scattering for cutting-edge structural biology investigations.

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Our soft X-ray tomography capabilities generate detailed 3D maps of the structures inside cells, down to individual organelles.

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The BSISB program brings 10 years of experience in technology fusion to create and provide new methods that transform infrared spectral imaging, enabling biochemical and structural solutions on complex biological systems.

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BBDS uses computational technology to facilitate and nurture data-intensive biomedical science focused on microbiomes and the genetic and environmental drivers of disease.

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A research group studying DNA function within our genome and how it goes awry in human disease, with a focus on noncoding DNA and epigenomics.

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This is a resource for public health professionals, building professionals, and others who seek scientific information about the effects of IAQ on people’s health or work performance.

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Our researchers have more than 20 years of experience in the characterization of tobacco smoke residue and its consequences for indoor air quality and human health.

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Harshini Mukundan holds dual roles as the chem-bio program lead at the Lab's Office of National and Homeland Security and scientist in the Biosciences Area. In her roles, Mukundan helps the Lab explore and take advantage of rapidly expanding opportunities in national security, and in engaging Berkeley Lab in health-related research and development as well.

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Antoine Snijders is the department head of the BioEngineering & BioMedical Sciences Department in the Biological Systems and Engineering Division. His focus is on understanding cancer tumorigenesis, addressing key questions concerning the contribution of host genetics, environmental exposures, and their interactions in cancer risk and tumor progression.

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Hugo Destaillats is a senior scientist at the Indoor Environment Group in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division. His research interests include environmental chemistry, indoor air quality, pathways of exposure to harmful contaminants, environmental application of remediation technologies, and more.

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Scientists at Berkeley Lab are launching three research projects as part of DOE’s Biopreparedness Research Virtual Environment (BRaVE) initiative, which supports national biopreparedness and response capabilities that can be advanced with DOE’s distinctive capabilities.

Natalia Molchanova, a scientific engineering associate at the Molecular Foundry, works on synthetically produced proteins called peptoids, which have advanced low-cost biotech solutions.

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