Genomic Science Program
U.S. Department of Energy | Office of Science | Biological and Environmental Research Program

Systems Biology for Energy and the Environment

The Genomic Science program pursues fundamental research to understand, predict, manipulate, and design plant and microbial systems for innovations in renewable energy, insights into environmental processes, and biotechnological breakthroughs supporting the U.S. bioeconomy.

News & Funding

Register for EMSL Summer School: Demystifying Multiomics with Data Science, July 24 to 28, 2023

May 1, 2023

Register for EMSL Summer School 2023

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New Report: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Bioenergy Research: Opportunities and Challenge

Apr 14, 2023

Report of a joint BER-BETO workshop on artificial intelligence and machine learning

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New Report Available From the Structural Biology Community

Mar 22, 2023

Genomes to Structure and Function Workshop Report 2022 Released

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DOE Announces $150 Million for Research on the Science Foundations for Energy Earthshots

Mar 21, 2023

A webinar on this opportunity will be held on March 27th at 12:30 p.m. EST. 

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DOE Accepting Applications: Undergraduate Internships and Visiting Faculty

Mar 20, 2023

SULI, CCI, and VFP applications are due 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, May 25, 2023.

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DOE Announces $590 Million to Renew Bioenergy Research Center Funding

Mar 20, 2023

Funding to Four Bioenergy Research Centers Will Help Strengthen Diversity of Domestic Clean Energy Sources, Enhance Our Energy Security, and Revitalize Rural Economies

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Providing the foundational genomics-based knowledge needed to produce and deconstruct renewable plant biomass and convert it to sustainable fuels, chemicals, and other bioproducts.

Biosystems Design

Accelerating the ability to securely design, build, and control plants and microbes for beneficial purposes such as clean energy, biomaterials, and carbon sequestration.

Environmental Microbiome

Developing a process-level understanding of how plant and soil microbial communities impact the cycling and fate of carbon, nutrients, and contaminants in the environment.

Select BRC Highlights

First demonstration of targeted gene editing in the bioenergy grass Miscanthus


Engineered auxotrophic Agrobacterium strains improve plant transformation


Strong climate mitigation potential of switchgrass grown on marginal lands


Yeast engineered to produce triacetic acid lactone from sorghum


Our Numbers

Budget FY21
Publications 2017-2021
Citations 2017-2021
Gigabases sequenced FY20
Researchers supported