Abstract for: The Role of Modeling in the National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory (NVBL)

The U.S. Department of Energy National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory (NVBL) is a consortium of DOE National laboratories, each with core capabilities relevant to the threats posed by COVID-19. The NVBL took advantage of DOE user facilities, including light and neutron sources, nanoscale science centers, sequencing and bio-characterization facilities, and high-performance computer facilities, to address key challenges in responding to the COVID-19 threat. Examples include developing innovations in testing capabilities, identifying new targets for medical therapeutics, providing epidemiological and logistical support, and addressing supply chain bottlenecks by harnessing extensive additive manufacturing capabilities. In this presentation, I will describe the role played by the National Labs’ expertise in various types of systems modeling, in supporting the U.S.’ efforts to fight the pandemic.