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The vision of the Life Sciences Division is to advance basic knowledge, and the health of humans and the biosphere, by elucidating the 4-Dimensional dynamics of complex biological systems -- ranging from molecules to microbes to humans.


Following all-hands meetings of Biosciences Area Laboratory Director Jay Keasling on May 5, a comprehensive reorganization process started of the Biosciences Area which included the Life Sciences Division. Per October 1, 2015 the new Area organization has been implemented now encompassing three new divisions: Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging, Biological Systems & Engineering, and Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology. As a result, this Life Sciences Division website will be retired per October 31, 2015. Please visit the renewed Biosciences Area website to continue following our exciting research.

Research Highlights

Mark LaBarge Wins Era of Hope Scholar Award
This prestigious award of the U.S. Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program supports early-career scientists... More » 


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Possible New RNA Engineering Tool
Jennifer Doudna and Eva Nogales of the Physical Biosciences and Life Sciences Divisions led a study that showed how complexes of bacterial proteins known as “CRISPR-Cas,” which are highly touted for their potential use as a tool for editing DNA, might also serve as an engineering tool for RNA. More »