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Biomolecular Measurement Division

The Biomolecular Measurement Division provides the measurement science, standards, technology, and data required to support the nation’s needs in determining the composition, structure, quantity, and function of biomolecules.

Welcome to the Biomolecular Measurement Division

In partnership with U.S. industry, government agencies, and scientific institutions, the Biomolecular Measurement Division performs fundamental and applied research on the measurement of macromolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids, as well as peptides, glycans, metabolites, lipids, and natural products.  The Division provides measurement science, reference materials, reference data, and technologies to foster innovation and confidence in measurements needed to advance biotechnology, DNA forensics, biomedical and bioscience research, and health care.






News and Updates

Industry Impacts

Benchmarks for Biologic Drugs

Protein-based biologic drugs, which are increasingly used to treat cancers, autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases, are hard to produce, store and deliver

Projects and Programs

DNA Biometrics

There is ongoing interest in utilizing DNA typing methods for biometric purposes. Forensic DNA typing using STR markers has been performed in the criminal

Glycan Standard Reference Materials

A glycan-based Standard Reference Material (SRM 3655) is being developed at NIST to support the biomanufacturing and protein therapeutics communities. The SRM


Press Coverage

Exposed: cells’ sugary secrets

NIST Mass Spectrometry Research Center contributes to the global effort to decode the sugary molecules that guide biological processes.

Getting at Glycosylation

Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News
The NIST Mass Spectrometry Data Center helps to elucidate sugar structures for quality control of biopharmaceuticals.


Division Chief

Science Advisor

Division Office Manager