U.S. Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research

BER Research Highlights

LBNL-led Team Wins Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award
Published: October 13, 2008
Posted: January 27, 2009

A "Bronze" (third place, out of over 700 entries) 2008 Technology Innovation Award from the Wall Street Journal has been awarded for LBNL's "PhyloChip" that can rapidly analyze DNA sample to identify thousands of different varieties of bacteria in air, water, soil, blood, or tissue samples. The PhyloChip, developed by a LBNL team headed by Gary Andersen for potential biodefense applications, has powerful "dual-use" applications and is proving useful for analyses of environmental bacteria. The PhyloChip, can be used to recognize up to 8,700 different organisms in a single sample in a matter of hours and can detect potentially disease-causing bacteria without the lengthy process of growing cultures. Its manufacturer, Affymetrix Inc., has sold more than 2,500 chips to universities and other researchers to investigate bacteria in municipal and recreational water supplies among other places.

Contact: Daniel Drell, SC-23.2, (301) 903-4742
Topic Areas:

  • Research Area: Genomic Analysis and Systems Biology
  • Research Area: Microbes and Communities
  • Research Area: Research Technologies and Methodologies
  • Cross-Cutting: Lectures, Awards, and Recognition

Division: SC-23.2 Biological Systems Science Division, BER


BER supports basic research and scientific user facilities to advance DOE missions in energy and environment. More about BER

Recent Highlights

May 10, 2019
Quantifying Decision Uncertainty in Water Management via a Coupled Agent-Based Model
Considering risk perception can improve the representation of human decision-making processes in age [more...]

May 09, 2019
Projecting Global Urban Area Growth Through 2100 Based on Historical Time Series Data and Future Scenarios
Study provides country-specific urban area growth models and the first dataset on country-level urba [more...]

May 05, 2019
Calibrating Building Energy Demand Models to Refine Long-Term Energy Planning
A new, flexible calibration approach improved model accuracy in capturing year-to-year changes in bu [more...]

May 03, 2019
Calibration and Uncertainty Analysis of Demeter for Better Downscaling of Global Land Use and Land Cover Projections
Researchers improved the Demeter model’s performance by calibrating key parameters and establi [more...]

Apr 22, 2019
Representation of U.S. Warm Temperature Extremes in Global Climate Model Ensembles
Representation of warm temperature events varies considerably among global climate models, which has [more...]

List all highlights (possible long download time)