The ASBMB recently joined the Energy Sciences Coalition, a group of universities, professional societies and institutes that support the Department of Energy Office of Science. Similar to the Coalition for Health Funding that supports the National Institutes of Health, the ESC advocates to Congress on behalf of the DOE-SC, hosting congressional briefings on the Hill, organizing webinars and coordinating Hill Days with coalition partners.
The DOE-SC, which supports physics to atmospheric sciences to genomic research, houses particle accelerators, computing centers, and bioenergy laboratories. Several national labs, such as Los Alamos, Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge and Fermi, contribute to the cutting-edge U.S. scientific infrastructure.
The ASBMB recently attended the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee meeting. The committee provides advice to the director of the Office of Science on relevant scientific and technical topics. We learned of several ways biochemists and molecular biologist can utilize DOE-SC resources.
- The Joint Genome Institute may provide resources for scientists interested in genetics and genomics.
- Several initiatives from the Bioenergy Research Centers are developing efficient methods to convert plants into energy using microbes.
- Bioimaging technologies have been developed to image in vivo organization of bacterial membranes and lipid rafts using neutrons.
- The Oak Ridge National Laboratory house the mass spectrometry and laser spectroscopy research group.
- Funding opportunities for research are available as well.
- There are also grants for early career investigators and graduate students seeking partnerships with DOE national labs.
We are actively seeking to add to this list of resources. Are you an ASBMB member who receives funding from the DOE? We would love to learn your interactions with the DOE-SC, and how we can best support you in our advocacy efforts.