LLNL COVID-19 Research and Response

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is fully committed to helping protect the U.S. from COVID-19 and to speed the recovery of those affected. As a world-class research institute, we have considerable infrastructure, unique research capabilities and a dedicated team of scientists and engineers supporting the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Because of the California shelter-in-place order, LLNL is currently operating at normal operations with maximized telework; however, our researchers continue to be focused on defeating COVID-19 and are active both on- and off-site.

Since the emergence of the pandemic in January, we have been supporting the research and medical communities with tools and information to better understand COVID-19. For example, on Feb. 3, we released predicted structures of a key COVID-19 viral protein to help the research community accelerate development of potential medical treatments. A summary of our initial research efforts is also available, as is information about our participation in the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium. LLNL is also a part of the Department of Energy’s to the pandemic.

This video summarizes some of the work that Lawrence Livermore researchers and staff are doing to respond to the COVID-19 epidemic.

The Laboratory is a highly collaborative organization, and we welcome partnerships with academia and industry. Our current COVID-19 research and response activities are focused on four broad areas: High Performance Computing, Detection, Medical Countermeasures and Medical Equipment. The Laboratory is also leveraging our unique capabilities and infrastructure to support the fight against COVID-19, as well as creating a to expedite access to our modeling results. Our Innovation and Partnerships Office has identified that are currently available under free, temporary non-exclusive licenses. For technical inquiries and collaborative opportunities, please contact the Laboratory’s Biosecurity Center at biosecurity [at] 51huanzhu.com. More information about our current activities can be found on the following pages.

HPC for COVID-19

Lassen Supercomputer


中森玲子Using the world’s most powerful computing resources to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery related to the virus.

Read more about high performance computing

COVID-19 Detection

Scientists with test


中森玲子Developing rapid and accurate diagnostic technologies for clinical and environmental use.

Read more about diagnostic testing and detection

Medical Countermeasures for COVID-19

Coronavirus Protein Structure


Supporting rapid discovery of potential medical countermeasures (drugs and vaccines) and other treatment options.

Read more about medical countermeasures

Medical Equipment for COVID-19



Providing the medical community with additional protective measures and rapid-prototypes for medical equipment in short supply.

Read more about medical equipment

COVID-19 Infrastructure

Biolab Truck


中森玲子Mobilizing Livermore’s specialized capabilities, tools, and infrastructure to support the fight against COVID-19.

Read more about these unique tools

COVID-19 Data Portals

Coronavirus render over data


Provisioning access to scientific data via interactive data querying and visualization systems.

Scientific literature-based data portal

LLNL COVID Research in the Media
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  • April 14, 2020
  • February 5, 2020

For more information about the U.S. government's response to COVID-19, see  and . For the latest public health and safety information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, see .