Physical and Life Sciences Organization
The Physical and Life Sciences Directorate (PLS) organization and key personnel are shown in the attached chart. PLS comprises the following five divisions:
- Atmospheric, Earth and Energy Division (AEED)
is led by Tarabay Antoun. AEED supports the Laboratory’s defense, global security, and fundamental science programs by conducting research and development in the disciplines of atmospheric, earth, and energy science.
- Biosciences and Biotechnology Division (BBTD) is led by Kenneth Turteltaub, Division Leader. BBTD performs research in genome biology, computational biology, molecular toxicology, biochemical structures, assays, genetics, microbial systems, and medical technology. The division works at the intersection of these areas using advances in nanotechnology, imaging, and measurement science.
- Material Sciences Division (MSD) is led by Robert Maxwell. MSD conducts research and development (R&D) in support of LLNL's national security missions. MSD personnel provide expertise to solve problems in stockpile stewardship and other national security programs.
- Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division (NACS) is led in an acting capacity by Graham Bench. NACS provides innovative and responsive science in support of the programs and performs discovery-class science ahead of the programs.
- Physics Division (Physics) is led by Jim Trebes. The Physics Division conducts frontier physics research and development in fields ranging from astrophysics and planetary science, to atomic, nuclear and particle physics, and plasma and high energy density physics. This work includes advanced science and technology development in optical and x-ray science, detectors, accelerators, lasers, space, and fusion. These R&D activities place LLNL at the leading edge of 21st century national security missions.
In addition to the division leaders, the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate senior management team includes the following directorate office positions:
- Deputy associate director for Operations: Patricia Berge, is responsible for
for facilities, ES&H, security, and business operations. When the PLS Associate Director is not at the Lab, Patricia will serve as acting AD. She will be assisted by Bette Reid as Directorate Resource Analyst, and by the Deputy Division Leaders.
- Deputy associate director for Science and Technology: Henry Shaw, is responsible for PLS portfolio of LDRD and ISCP investments; for scientific communication; external interactions; sponsorship of meetings and visitors; university relations; and workforce planning, quality assurance and assessment of the Directorate's scientific staff and products.
- Chief Biomedical Scientist: Kenneth Turteltaub.
- Chief Computational Scientist: Frederick Streitz.
- Assurance manager: Warren Rued, is the PLS assurance manager.
- Communications director: Don Correll, develops and executes PLS’s communication strategy.
- Directorate administrator: LaNor Smith manages the administrative staff and
operations for PLS
- Lead financial analyst, Bette Reid, reports to the deputy associate director for Operations and is the primary financial point-of-contact for PLS, responsible for managing the financial analyst staff for the directorate.
Glenn A. Fox,
Physical and Life Sciences Directorate
Glenn A. Fox Associate Director
Physical and Life Sciences [bio]
The Physical and Life Sciences Directorate delivers science that ensures the success of the LLNL's national security programs, anticipates their future needs, and provides innovative solutions to the hardest scientific problems facing the nation. In doing so, the PLS Directorate
- Attracts, trains, and retains a world-class Laboratory scientific workforce for national security missions;
- Maintains specialized research capabilities and facilities that provide leadership in broad research areas central to the Lab's missions;
- Combines unique Lab capabilities in measurement science, simulation, and information science to find solutions for national security problems and to advance the scientific foundations of the Laboratory.