LLNL COVID-19 Research and Response

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is fully committed to helping protect the U.S. from COVID-19 and to speed the recovery of those affected. As a world-class research institute, we have considerable infrastructure, unique research capabilities and a dedicated team of scientists and engineers supporting the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of the California shelter-in-place order, LLNL is currently operating at reduced mission-critical operations; however, our researchers continue to be focused on defeating COVID-19 and are active both on- and off-site.

Since the emergence of the pandemic in January, we have been supporting the research and medical communities with tools and information to better understand COVID-19. For example, on February 3rd, we released predicted structures of a key COVID-19 viral protein to help the research community accelerate development of potential medical treatments. A summary of our initial research efforts is also available, as is information about our participation in the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium. LLNL is also a part of the Department of Energy’s collective response to the pandemic.

The Laboratory is a highly collaborative organization, and we welcome partnerships with academia and industry. Our current COVID-19 research and response activities are focused on four broad areas: High Performance Computing, Detection, Medical Countermeasures and Medical Equipment. The Laboratory is also leveraging our unique capabilities and infrastructure to support the fight against COVID-19, as well as creating a COVID-19 data portal to expedite access to our modeling results. Our Innovation and Partnerships Office has identified technologies and capabilities that are currently available under free, temporary non-exclusive licenses. For technical inquiries and collaborative opportunities, please contact the Laboratory’s Biosecurity Center at biosecurity [at] llnl.gov. More information about our current activities can be found on the following pages.

HPC for COVID-19

Lassen Supercomputer


Using the world’s most powerful computing resources to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery related to the virus.

Read more about high performance computing

COVID-19 Detection

Scientists with test


Developing rapid and accurate diagnostic technologies for clinical and environmental use.

Read more about diagnostic testing and detection

Medical Countermeasures for COVID-19

Coronavirus Protein Structure


Supporting rapid discovery of potential medical countermeasures (drugs and vaccines) and other treatment options.

Read more about medical countermeasures

Medical Equipment for COVID-19



Providing the medical community with additional protective measures and rapid-prototypes for medical equipment in short supply.

Read more about medical equipment

COVID-19 Infrastructure 

Biolab Truck


Mobilizing Livermore’s specialized capabilities, tools, and infrastructure to support the fight against COVID-19.

Read more about these unique tools

COVID-19 Data Portal 

Coronavirus render over data


Provisioning access to scientific data via an interactive data querying system.

Visit the COVID-19 Data Portal

For more information about the U.S. government's response to COVID-19, see coronavirus.gov and usa.gov/coronavirus. For the latest public health and safety information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, see cdc.gov/coronavirus.