Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

Biosecurity and Public Health

Los Alamos scientists are developing science and technology to improve pathogen detection, create better therapeutics, and anticipate—even prevent—epidemics and pandemics.

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  • Jeanne Fair
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Los Alamos scientist prepares a sample for screening in a flow cytometer.

Ramesh Jha prepares a sample for screening in a flow cytometer. Flow cytometry, which was invented at Los Alamos in the 1960s, is a valuable research tool used for high-throughput cell sorting.

Biomolecular recognition and protein engineering to enhance therapeutics, vaccines, and biosurveillance

Stopping the spread of disease—from naturally occurring or manmade threats—requires an in-depth understanding of pathogens and how they work. It also requires advanced methods for detection, diagnosis, and treatment.

The Biosecurity and Public Health (B-10) group specializes in studying methods to protect humans and other organisms from pathogens and disease by:

  • Understanding the molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions.
  • Discovering new biomarkers of disease.
  • Developing effective recognition molecules for detection reagents—both RNA and protein.
  • Developing effective vaccines and therapeutics.
  • Designing advanced diagnostic assays and biosensors for rapid detection of disease.
  • Analyzing and engineering biomolecules for drug development.
  • Understanding and countering changes in the environment that facilitate disease in humans and animals.
  • Biomolecular Recognition and Design
  • Protein and Pathway Engineering
  • Structural Biology
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Biophysical and Synthetic Chemistry
Focus Areas
  • Advanced biofuels
  • Climate change impact on biomes
  • Chem and Bio Forensics
  • Biosurveillance
  • Therapeutics and Countermeasures