Biomolecular Characterization and Imaging Science

Biomolecular Characterization and Imaging Science supports approaches to systems biology that focus on translating information encoded in an organism’s genome to those traits expressed by the organism. These genotype to phenotype translations are key to gaining a predictive understanding of cellular function under a variety of environmental and bioenergy-relevant conditions. The effort seeks to develop new bioimaging, measurement, and characterization technologies in standalone systems or in association with BER-supported end stations at the DOE Synchrotron Light and Neutron sources to visualize the structural, spatial, and temporal relationships of key metabolic processes and critical biomaterials governing phenotypic expression in plants and microbes. The activity will include new efforts to characterize quantum information science materials in new environmental sensors. This information is crucial for developing an understanding of the impact of various environmental and/or biosystem designs on whole cell or community function.

Relevant links to BER supported activities in this area include:

BER Structural BIO Portal.

Bioimaging Research


Program Managers
Dr. Amy Swain
Phone: (301) 903-1828

Paul Sammak, Ph.D.
Program Manager
Office of Biological and Environmental Research
U.S. Department of Energy

Mailing Address
Biological Systems Science Division, SC-23.2
Department of Energy, GTN Bldg.
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585-1290