Agencies

Microbial Genomics Program

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Research on harmful and beneficial microorganisms found in environment, including microorganisms that are harmful to humans (mold and biofilms in water systems) or are involved in cleaning up environment (toxins removed from wetlands, microorganisms that can remove chlorinated solvents and other organics, or microorganisms that can sequester heavy metals, such as lead)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Research and surveillance on microbial pathogens, research to develop rapid assessment technologies for pathogens and treatment strategies, and work on antibiotic resistance

National Aeronoutics and Space Administration (NASA)

Research on functional genomics of organisms in extreme environments to understand nature of life and to ensure human health during space travel

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Genomics research (bioinformatics, managing data banks, and structural genomics), research in such applied fields as biological production of chemical products that are more economical and environmentally friendly, and protein engineering

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Microbial research that addresses human health issues—disease-causing microorganisms, Human Genome Project, yeast research, and computational biology to support genome-enabled science



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