Current Biolab Research Projects

The NMC Biolab facilities are available to NMC, LANL, university and other researchers. Currently, the NMC Biolab has research lead by Los Alamos National Lab, the NMC, and by various local industrial collaborators. Below is a list of current research at the NMC Biolab. To read about our industrial collaborators' research click here

Tracking Microbial Effects on Water Uptake and Productivity of Plants

Soil microbiome and root microbial associates can benefit plants by increasing water and nutrient availability.  This LANL project studies the microbial impacts on plant water use and productivity during drought, and aims at characterizing ways by which the soil and root microbiome influences plant physiology.

PACE: Producing Algae for Coproducts and Energy

This research seeks to make algal biofuels more marketable by focusing on methods to improve algal productivity, the cultivation process, and harvesting. 

Developing Infrastructure to Deliver Novel Therapies for Citrus Disease

This research is focused on obtaining practical solutions to the Citrus Health Research Program by analyzing the current status of research, important technology gaps, and grower needs.

Design and Delivery of Therapeutic Proteins for HLB Protection

This research proposes to discover pre-symptomatic biomarkers for HLB disease by performing qPCR on Fluidigm to analyze 96 genes. Analysis of gene expression data will enable the capture of pre-symptomatic biomarkers. This project will develop diagnostic tools to detect HLB disease both in the laboratory and field environments.

Enhancing Biofuels from Genetially Engineered Camelina

The Center for Enhanced Camelina Oil (CECO) proposes to incrase the harvestable energy yield of Camelina oil as well as improve the composition of the oil to be a more stable and energy dense biofuel feedstock. 

An Integrative Genome-Wide Assessment of RNA Transport and Localization in Rice

This collaborative research project proposes to identify and globally characterize RNA binding proteins (RBPs). RNA sequences depleted from total RNA will be sequenced and compared to untreated total RNA to identify new RNA candidates.

Phenix: Integrated algorithms for high-quality models from crystallographic and cryo-EM data

This LANL project researches x-ray crystallography and single particle cryo-EM at near atomic resolution.

Innate Immunity LLC

This start-up company does research on agricultural health. Webpage coming soon.

Spartina Biotech LLC 

See the Spartina Biotech LLC webpage for more information.


Atmospheric Aerosols and Precursors form Algal Biofuel Production

DMS, produced by phytoplankton, is a major source of cloud condensation nuclei over the ocean. The main oblective of this study is to determine of DMS is a major byproduct of algal biofuel production and to examine the implications of moving a primarily marine cycle to the terrestrial biome. 

Success through Synergy: Increase Cultivation Yield and Stability with Rationally Designed Consortia

This joint LANL-NMC project aims to increase the productivity of Nannochloropsis cultures in open, outdoor, brackish cultivation systems by ecologically engineering algal-bacteria consortia. In contrast to other consortia work, this project will implement rational designs and high-throughput selection methods.

New Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease

Research on new treatments for Alzheimer's disease is happening at a furious pace. This study is looking at new therapies using the RNA from cells found in the central nervous system of mice. 

Improving photosynthetic efficience and yield in crop plants

The five best performing independent homozygous HLA3/PGR5 lines (T3) will be transformed with the BCA/LCIA construct. 

More Realization of Algal Potential (REAP) Research

Will develop the ability to produce 2500 gal/acre/year of algal biofuel intermediates by 2018 by integrating and extending the most promising organisms and technologies developed with sequential extraction process that separates starches and amino acids prior to hydrothermal conversion of remaining lipid to a biofuel intermediate.

Developing Infrastructure and Producting For New Citrus Greening Disease Therapies 

U.S. Citrus growers have a critical need for grove-deployable management practices that keep healthy citrus from becoming infected and infected trees from becoming symptomatic. This project presents a systems-based pipeline approach delivering commercial, grove-deployable solutions using a novel therapeutic delivery strategy and citrus transgenics.

Foldamers Research Project

The functions carried out by proeins and nucleic acids provide the foundation for life. This LANL research studies foldamers, synthetic oligomers with discrete folding propensities that make them similar to proteins and nucleic acids. Research on foldamers may lead to many biomedical applications.

Pebble Labs Inc Research 

See the Pebble Labs Inc webpage for more information.

Specifica's Research

See the Specifica webpage for more information.





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