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

DOE’s RENEW Initiative Will Support 6 Pathway Summer Schools

Oct 25, 2023

The RENEW initiative will support nearly 140 students from underrepresented groups and underserved schools.

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DOE Accepting Applications: Undergraduate Internships and Visiting Faculty

Oct 18, 2023

Submit SULI and VFP applications by 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

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DOE’s SCGSR Program Selects 60 Outstanding U.S. Graduate Students

Oct 5, 2023

Students Will Perform Research at National Laboratories

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DOE Announces $264M Energy Earthshots™

Sep 29, 2023

11 New National Lab-Led Energy Earthshot Research Centers and 18 University Projects Will Address Tough Scientific Challenges to Help Achieve Net-Zero Carbon by 2050, Solve Climate Crisis

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Dorothy Koch Joins Biological and Environmental Research as Associate Director

Sep 21, 2023

Dr. Koch comes to BER from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she has been serving as the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Weather Program Office Director.

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DOE Announces $73 Million for Basic Research to Accelerate the Transition from Discovery to Commercialization

Sep 11, 2023

Research to Accelerate Innovations in Emerging Technologies will focus on key technology areas to address critical gaps early in the innovation cycle.

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DOE Announces $112.4 Million for Research to Support National Biopreparedness and Response

Sep 7, 2023

BRaVE initiative projects will utilize unique capabilities and facilities of the national laboratories to address future biological crises.

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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 2000-2023
Citations 2017-2021
Gigabases sequenced FY22
Researchers supported