ORNL Staff mobilize research, facility, community support to combat novel coronavirus

In the race to identify solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are joining the fight by applying expertise in computational science, advanced manufacturing, data science and neutron science.

Research and mission support are proceeding at ORNL, both onsite and as roughly two-thirds of staff members work from home to maximize social distancing. ORNL is providing remote access to its world-leading supercomputing and neutron facilities for researchers around the world to conduct critical scientific studies on severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The lab and its staff are also working to support local communities in need of financial support and access to educational resources.

“I could not be prouder of our staff who have stepped up to offer their scientific and technical expertise to address this international pandemic,” said ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia. “It is during times of crisis that we have the greatest opportunity to distinguish ourselves in service to the nation. That is our legacy at Oak Ridge; it is who we are.”  Click here to learn more.