Research Spotlight

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) supports a portfolio of research technologies, methodologies, and instruments at DOE synchrotron and neutron user facilities. These resources enable experiments for studying and understanding structural and functional processes of importance to BER Genomic Science program (GSP)–funded investigators and centers.

The spatial and temporal resolutions available from neutron and photon beams enable unprecedented characterization and imaging of interactions among plants, microbes, and the environment. Accessible scales range from subnanometer to millimeter length and over time dimensions from femtoseconds to seconds. Capabilities to provide molecular fingerprints and mechanistic and dynamic understanding of in situ processes help advance various high–priority BER science focus areas.

The BER-funded facility resources seek to promote and expand collaborations between them and the BER research community. These interactions will enable and facilitate the necessary fundamental science to understand, predict, manipulate, and design biological processes that underpin innovations in DOE’s biological energy and environmental missions. This website serves as a portal for information on the facilities and their capabilities, how to access them, and highlights of scientific accomplishments.