Working with the NMC - For LANL Staff

LANL staff are eligible for NMC Affiliation.  Affiliated researchers may initiate activities and proposals in the NMC and participate in NMC programs. The NMC and LANL's National Security Education Center (NSEC) jointly manage LANL staff participation in the NMC.  NMC and NSEC have established policies for NMC participation specific to LANL researchers. The points of contact for NMC and NSEC are provided below.
NMC Affiliation
Affiliated researchers may pursue proposals or other activities in the NMC. LANL researchers can meet with NMC to learn about opportunities to work with the NMC, including:
  • leading or participating in NMC programs
  • terms of NMC employment and service positions
  • capabilities available at the NMC and other institutions
  • opportunities for engaging universities and industry
More information can be found at: NMC Office of Research Administration.

Initiating an Activity or Proposal in the NMC

LANL staff require initial approval from both NSEC and NMC to pursue activities with the NMC.  Once the project or activity has initial NMC/NSEC approval, NSEC pursues LANL management approval. Researchers may prepare for proposal submission or other activities in the NMC while NSEC pursues LANL management approval.  NMC does not submit proposals or initiate activities involving LANL staff in the NMC until NSEC has received LANL management approval and notified the NMC.

LANL Researchers should meet with the LANL NSEC office to initiate the approval process.  To learn more go to the NSEC/NMC Coordation Office webpage.

During this process, NSEC requests approval from the NMC to proceed with the activity. NMC may contact you to discuss opportunities to collaborate with NM universities on your program and clarify the project definition and requirements.  You may contact the NMC if you have questions about NMC's terms of employment or capabilities. The NMC facilitates collaboration with the NM universities.  We encourage you to meet with us to discuss how to engage with our partners on your research programs.

If NMC approves the activity and affiliation, NSEC pursues LANL management approval. NMC may work with researchers preparing for the activity or proposal while LANL management approval is being obtained. NSEC notifies NMC when LANL management approval has been obtained, but we will not submit a proposal or initiate an activity in the NMC until NSEC notifies that LANL management approval has been obtained.  LANL researchers should allow at least 2 weeks to obtain LANL management approvals. 

Most activities that have received initial NSEC/NMC approval get LANL management approval; however, not all activities are approved.  Both LANL and NMC may terminate an activity in the NMC at any time for any reason.

NMC will establish an affiliation with each researcher submission of a proposal or start of the activity.  More information about NMC Affiliation is available here.

More information can be found at: NMC Office of Research Administration.

Working On NMC Programs

NMC Research Fellows may develop their own projects, or they may join existing NMC programs.  Prior to start of work, NMC prepares a Project Task Statement (PTS) for each researcher that includes:

  • Information from the original proposal/activity approval, updated as needed.
  • The researcher’s role on the project (researcher, mentor, tasks, scope)
  • Whether they will participate as an employee or as a Research Fellow.
  • Their expected level of effort over what period.
  • Any other relationships they have with the NMC.
  • Work location/facility and equipment requirements.
  • Technical exchange management plan identifying any IP, export controlled information or DOE sensitive information involved in the project and how it will be managed.

NSEC works with the researcher to obtain the necessary approvals pursuant to LANL's process for participation in the NMC based on the NMC work plan. Work may begin when NSEC notifies NMC the work plan has been approved. To learn more go to the NSEC/NMC Coordination Office webpage.

NMC allows LANL staff to work up to 115% per NMC fiscal year across both institutions.  Affiliated researchers participate in the NMC as an outside activity. 

NMC Contacts

Steve Buelow
NMC Director

Irina Izvekova
Chief Operating Officer
505 412-4178

National Security Education Center Contacts

Alan Hurd
NSEC/NMC liaison
Keith Collins
NSEC/NMC liaison

NMC Service Affiliates and Interns

What do NMC Service Affiliates do? Many Service Affiliates work on various research projects in our biological laboratory and greenhouse. Current projects include constructing a plant growth-chamber to maintain a sub-ambient CO2 atmosphere for the study of metabolic pathways, research on separating two algal strains, and experiments aiming to increase the photosynthesis and growth rates of algae and varied plant species.  Service Affiliates receive hands-on experience with fundamental bio-lab equipment such as the autoclave, centrifuge, conviron growth chambers, fume hoods, micropipettes, weighing instrumentation, electrophoresis machines, and in some cases the vacuum pump and helium gene gun. Service Affliates working in the biolab learn about biology on a macro and micro level, both helping researchers with their gene experiments, and also looking after plants in the greenhouse.  They gain professional training to be a lab assistant/technician, to continue in the field of alternative energy or plant biology research.

The NMC also has Service Affiliates who work in Outreach and Community Relations. Working as a part of the development team in Community Relations they assist with building relationships in the community, fundraising events and activities, conference logistics, press releases, mailings, and coordinating sponsorship opportunities for the NMC. This job attracts individuals who want to network, keep up their writing skills and familiarity with public administration and communications.

Service Affiliates also act as docents, and after gaining experience from the NMC scientists, lead or assist in leading tours of the biological laboratory and greenhouse. The NMC believes and important part of our outreach program is hosting tours for those interested, and we often have university and K-12 classrooms taking these tours to learn more about our algae, plant, and biofuel research. This includes not only local Los Alamos schools, but also educational institutes from all over New Mexico.

Current NMC Interns and Service Affliates:

Drake Merians is a sophomore studying at Santa Fe Preparatory School.  He particularly enjoys science and math classes and applies his learning to his work at NMC.  Working primarily with Dr. Sathish Rajamani as a volunteer, Drake is focused on separating two algal strains.  He also helps with other projects in the lab as needed.  He hopes to enrich his education and understanding of biology and genetics as well as gaining experience in laboratory research.
Dr. Jeanette C. Velasquez Guzman got her undergraduate degree in Biology from Peruana Cayetano Heredia University in Peru. She obtained her master and PhD degrees from The University of Groningen, Netherlands. She moved to Los Alamos in 2013 and started pursuing her scientific research at New Mexico Consortium in 2014. She is currently working as a volunteer at NMC and her work focuses on projects related to Algal bioengineering and strain characterization. Dr. Velasquez Guzman’s is primarily working alongside Dr. Sathish Rajamani in developing bioengineering tools for algal biocontainment and crop protection.

Punam Kumari received her M. Tech. in Agricultural Biotechnology, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. Her interest is to follow her passion for plant science and biotechnology, and she has joined NMC as a volunteer to pursue this goalShe is working primarily with Dr. Sowmya Subramanian as a volunteer. Her work emphasis is on determining the photosynthetic efficiency of transgenic lines generated in Arabidopsis thaliana and Camelina sativa through gas exchange measurments using LICOR.  She is also getting trained in molecular biology techniques like DNA/RNA isolation, PCR, RT-PCR etc. Punam is keen to apply her learning for research at NMC.

Shannon Flynn is currently assisting Dr. Natalia Friedland with Camelina sativa research at the New Mexico Consortium.  She has analyzed field trial data; planted C. sativa with modified photosynthetic antenna; and is learning the sequencing of variants of chlorophyll oxygenase enzyme as well as characterizing antibiotic kanamycin resistance of wild type C. sativa. Prior to joining the NMC, Shannon worked over 20 years as a staff scientist for several contractors in the Department of Energy’s Environmental Restoration Program at the Idaho National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Since she has a B.S. in Soils and Plant Resources from UC Berkeley, Shannon enjoys working in the lab and greenhouse with the NMC’s biofuels researchers.



NMC Affiliation

The NMC Affiliate Program organizes the capabilities of the partnership into a common strategic effort, streamlines the process of pursuing collaborative research and facilitates efficent execution of joint programs. The NMC offers affiliation to researchers with qualifications and interests that complement the NMC's technical focus areas and an interest in supporting our mission of pursuing cross-institutional research. 
Affiliated researchers are eligible to work on non-NMC research activity in NMC facilities through a Facility Access Agreement with the NMC.
For Partner Universities
Faculty and students from NMC partner universities (NMSU, NMT and UNM) may apply for grants for the development of new collaborative research and education programs to build collaborations with LANL and other institutions within the partnership.
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For LANL Staff
LANL staff participation in the NMC is coordinated with LANL's National Security Education Center (NSEC).  Information for LANL staff on how to become an NMC Research Fellow and initiate proposals or other activities with the NMC is available here:

More information can be found at: NMC Office of Research Administration.

Getting Started
Researchers interested in an NMC affiliation should contact Steve Buelow ( or Irina Izvekova (
Funding Acknowledgements
If you'd like to acknowledge the NMC in research articles and posters, please add a funding acknowledgement statement using the following sentence under a separate heading entitled ‘Funding’ directly after your Acknowledgements and Declaration of Conflicting Interests, if applicable:
"This work was supported by a Collaboration Grant from the New Mexico Consortium."

NMC Open Payment

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Service Positions

The NMC's Service Affiliate and Intern Program recruits motivated and talented individuals who are interested in volunteering their time to work on significant projects. Service Affiliates may be retired scientists, university and high school students, or individuals wanting to make a career change. Service Affiliates join the NMC to understand specific scientific research, acquire hands-on experience in laboratory research, or enrich their education. 

Research and Research Support

The NMC offers unpaid service positions ranging from administration to technicians to researchers.  Since the NMC makes a significant investment defining, training and managing these positions, those interested must apply through our service program on a competitive basis for a limited number of positions.  We require a minimum commitment of 25% level of effort for one year. Depending on the work being done, the NMC may provide OSHA training as well as other training for specific techniques.



The NMC offers intern positions to upper level high school and college students.  These positions are generally unpaid unless funded as a part of a special program. These positions provide invaluable work experience to motivated young people.

To learn more check our Careers Page for available service positions or contact the NMC Community Relations Office.  

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