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The Life Sciences Division of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) contributes to strategic Berkeley Lab and national efforts to address scientific questions and provide solutions in the areas of biological and disease responses to environmental challenges, cancer, DNA damage and repair, radiation biology, genome structure and function, neurodegenerative diseases, structural biology, bio-fuel production and bioremediation.   

The Division is strongly committed to providing a safe, diverse and inclusive work environment to support its research activities. It is home to the Early Career Scientists Society (ECSS) which provides a platform to facilitate career & personal development goals for early career scientists.

The Division is comprised of 41 Principal Investigators; about 240 scientists, technical, administrative and support staff; and approximately 200 affiliates. Scientific staff members are organized into three departments: Cell and Molecular Biology, Structural Biology and Imaging, and Genome Dynamics.

The budget for FY14 was approximately $36.9 M, with funding coming from the National Institute of Health (NIH); the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), primarily in the Office of Science; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); the U.S. Departments of Defense (DOD) and Homeland Security (DHS); state and local government; NPO and industry. It also includes Laboratory Directed Research & Development (LDRD) funding.

The Life Sciences Division is one of 15 scientific divisions at Berkeley Lab that contribute to and take advantage of advanced technologies in 6 National User Facilities operated by the Laboratory. The Division is part of the Berkeley Lab's Biosciences Area, which is focused on four major areas of research: Energy, Environment, Health, and Biomanufacturing. Also, the Division enjoys mutually beneficial interactions with UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco scientists in various departments.