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The Science of Biodefense

  • Friday, November 18, 2016
  • 1:30 PM–1:30 PM
  • Science Building 010

Nicholas Be, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Protecting the national interest and public health from biological threats is a persistent and diverse challenge. Chemical and biological agents have the potential to cause tremendous harm both in the public sphere and in combat zones. Mitigating and preparing for these risks requires a range of novel biotechnologies and research programs. Among the challenges being addressed are delivering neurotoxin countermeasures across the blood-brain barrier, detecting public exposure to hazardous biological agents, and developing diagnostics to facilitate personalized treatment of combat-injured military service members. Approaching these complex scenarios requires a myriad of technologies, including computational and synthetic chemical design, nanoparticle targeting, and next-generation genomic analysis. As a National Laboratory, we apply a unique suite of capabilities and technical expertise to solve these and other challenges that represent critical needs toward maintaining health and security of the nation.


This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

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