The staff of the Center is an interdisciplinary team with expertise in biochemistry, surface chemistry, biophysics, molecular and cell biology, organic synthesis, and materials science and engineering. The Center also collaborates with other divisions at NRL, other government laboratories, universities, and industry. Approximately 80 scientists and engineers conduct research at the basic (6.1) and applied (6.2) levels, with projects funded primarily through ONR/NRL and other Department of Defense (DoD) organizations. Additional work is sponsored by industry through a variety of research agreements. Researchers also maintain an extensive network of college and university collaborators.