Bioscience and Bioengineering

Who We Are

Our bioscience experts — leading researchers in immunology, genomics, synthetic biology, biotechnology and biomaterials — partner with academia, industry and other institutions to foster innovation. Meet a few of the people who work in bioscience and bioengineering:


Feliza Bourguet
Biosciences and Biotechnology Division
Razi Haque
Implantable Microsystems Group
Helgi Ingolfsson
Biosciences and Biotechnology Division
Crystal Jaing
Biological Science and Security Program
Carlos Valdez
Forensic Science Center
Allison Yorita
Implantables Microsystems Group

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Our Current Projects

We take on the entire life cycle of biological challenges — from awareness to prevention, preparedness to detection and response to recovery — to develop innovative solutions across a range of missions.


This illustration depicts lanmodulin, a small protein which is a bio-sourced alternative to extract, purify and recycle rare earth elements from various sources, including electronic waste.


Sustainable Biomining of Rare Earth Elements

We are exploring environmentally friendly biomining techniques that can efficiently extract, purify and recycle rare-earth elements (REEs) — critical minerals that play an essential role in clean energy and defense technologies. LLNL scientists developed a protein-based biomaterial that enables REE extraction and separation from non-traditional feedstocks, such as end-of-life consumer electronics. They continue exploring ways to increase the technique’s efficiency, providing a sustainable, low-cost alternative to conventional, solvent-based REE separation methods.


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Microbiome Research Takes Flight

We study microbial communities to understand how they influence human health. Our microbial analysis system evaluates the microbiome of combat wounds, identifying biomarkers that signal virulence pathogens or antibiotic-resistant organisms and providing key wound care information. We also collaborated with NASA to understand how space flight affects the human microbiome, using our high-throughput microbial detection system — now licensed by industry — to identify microorganisms in samples from International Space Station crews.


rendered image of a modeled brain on a chip


Biotechnology Aids Research in Brain Pathology

LLNL bioscientists and engineers continue honing brain-on-a-chip technology that allows human neurons to be cultured and their electrical activity monitored outside of the body. In combination with computational modeling of the activity and structure of neuronal communities, researchers use thin-film electrical arrays to understand how brain cells function, connect and interact. Recently, researchers have made gains in data analysis, advancing the technology’s ability to help combat neurological impairments and illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.


Our Facilities, Centers and Institutes

The Laboratory is home to several state-of-the-art facilities and centers to help researchers tackle the hardest and most complex biosecurity and bioscience challenges.


Related Organizations

World-class science takes teamwork. Explore the organizations that contribute to our research in bioscience and bioengineering by clicking the images below.


Join Our Team

We offer opportunities in a variety of fields, not just science and technology. We are home to a diverse staff of professionals that includes administrators, researchers, creatives, supply chain staff, health services workers and more. Visit our careers page to learn more about the different career paths we offer and find the one that speaks to you. Make your mark on the world!