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

Research Summaries: BER Biological Systems Science Division Annual PI Meeting, April 2024


TitlePIPI InstitutionPresenterResearch Area
Understanding Plant/Environmental Interactions Using Single-Cell ApproachesColeDOE Joint Genome InstituteColeBioenergyEarly Career
Using Cell-Free Systems to Accelerate Biosystems Design for Carbon-Negative ManufacturingJewettNorthwestern UniversityChoi and ZolkinBiosystems DesignUniversity
Converting Methoxy Groups on Lignin-Derived Aromatics from a Toxic Hurdle to a Useful Resource: A Systems-Driven ApproachMarxUniversity of IdahoAllemanEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Mapping Enzymatic Esterification to Natural Expression Levels for a Specialized Clade of HCT Acyltransferases in PoplarFoxGreat Lakes Bioenergy Research CenterFoxBioenergyGLBRC
Systems Biology to Enable Modular Metabolic Engineering of Fatty Acid Production in CyanobacteriaYoungVanderbilt UniversityZunigaBioenergyUniversity
Utilizing Cryo-Electron Microscopy to Characterize Proteins Relevant to Biomass Biosynthesis and BioconversionTuskanCBIZieglerBioenergyCBI
Investigating Cellular Network and Outer-Membrane Vesicles for the Metabolism of Lignin-Derived Aromatics in Soil Pseudomonas SpeciesAristildeNorthwestern UniversityZhouBioenergyUniversity
Metabolomics Investigates the Impact of Plastic Biodegradation on Mealworm Gut MicrobiomeBlennerUniversity of DelawareZhaoBioenergyUniversity
Transformations of Soil Organic Carbon Influenced by Volatile Organic CompoundsMeredithUniversity of ArizonaLunnyEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Using Finlay-Wilkinson Regression to Analyze Genotype–Environment Interaction for Biomass from Switchgrass Field TrialsJuengerUniversity of Texas–AustinZhangBioenergyUniversity
A Gene-Editing System for Large-Scale Fungal Phenotyping in a Model Wood DecomposerZhangUniversity of Minnesota–Saint PaulSchillingBiosystems DesignUniversity
Engineering Synthetic Anaerobic Consortia Inspired by the Rumen for Biomass Breakdown and ConversionO’MalleyUniversity of California–Santa BarbaraZhangBiosystems DesignUniversity
Characterizing Bacterial–Fungal Interactions Within Soil Niches and Across Soil MineralogiesNguyenUniversity of Hawai'i–MānoaZebaEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Metabolic Modeling and Genetic Engineering of Enhanced Anaerobic Microbial Ethylene SynthesisNorthThe Ohio State UniversityYoungBioenergyUniversity
Population Genomic Differentiation of the Ectomycorrhizal Fungus Suillus pungens Along a Climate GradientPeayStanford UniversityYeamBioenergyUniversity
Phenotypic and Molecular Characterization of Nitrogen-Responsive Genes in SorghumYangUniversity of Nebraska–LincolnYangBioenergyUniversity
Quantitative Plant Science Initiative: Integrating Functional Genomics with Biomolecular-Level Experimentation to Understand Adaptation to Micronutrient Stress in Poplar and SorghumLiuBrookhaven National LaboratoryXieBioenergyQPSI
Mapping Perturbations in a Naturally Evolved Fungal Garden Microbial ConsortiumBurnum-JohnsonPacific Northwest National LaboratoryWuEnvironmental MicrobiomeEarly Career
Systems-Level Insights into the Physiology of Methane-Fueled Syntrophy Between Anaerobic Methanotrophic Archaea and Sulfate-Reducing BacteriaOrphanCalifornia Institute of TechnologyMayrEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Renewed Utility of Tyrosine IntegrasesSchoenigerSandia National LaboratoriesWilliamsBiosystems DesignInCoGenTEC 
Optimizing Biological Funneling of Lignin Streams by Comparison in Several Microbial PlatformsTuskanCBIWilkesBioenergyCBI
Plant-Microbe Interfaces: Disentangling Microbial-Mediated Plant Stress Tolerance with Synthetic Communities and Automated PhenotypingDoktyczOak Ridge National LaboratoryWestonEnvironmental MicrobiomePlant-Microbe Interfaces
Prototyping Carbon-Conserving Networks for Diacid ProductionCarothersUniversity of WashingtonWestenbergBiosystems DesignUniversity
Molecular and Cellular Responses of Human Endothelial Cells to Low-Dose RadiationStevensArgonne National LaboratoryWeinbergBiopreparednessLow-Dose
Beneficial Plant-Fungal Partnerships in the Resource Economy of Bioenergy GrassesStuartLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryNuccioBioenergyµBiospheres
Integrated Experimental Approaches to Understand Bioenergy Crop Productivity Through Rhizosphere ProcessesZenglerUniversity of California–San DiegoNorthenBioenergyUniversity
Amphiphilic Cosolvents Disrupt the Lateral Structure of Model Biomembranes and Reveal an Unrecognized Mode of Cell Stress DavisonOak Ridge National LaboratoryNickelsBioenergyBiomass Deconstruction
Reactive Transport Modeling for Prediction of Nitrous Oxide Emission from the Subsurface Observatory at a Nitrate-Contaminated Site in Response to Rainfall EventsAdamsLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryNewcomerEnvironmental MicrobiomeENIGMA
Metabolic Remodeling: Stylish Options for Bacterial Interior DesignNeidleUniversity of Georgia–Athens NeidleBiosystems DesignUniversity
Engineering a Carbon Dioxide Concentrating Mechanism in Cupriavidus necator for Carbon-Negative BiomanufacturingJewettStanford University–Palo AltoNakamuraBiosystems DesignUniversity
Enabling Synthetic Biology in Setaria and Sorghum Through Targeted Mutagenesis and Programmed Transcriptional RegulationBaxterDonald Danforth Plant Science CenterMyersBiosystems DesignUniversity
The Enigma of N2 Fixation in Energy-Limited Anaerobic Methane-Oxidizing Microbial ConsortiaOrphanCalifornia Institute of Technology–PasadenaMuraliEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Engineering Auxenochlorella protothecoides: Artificial Chromosomes, Regulators of Lipid Biosynthesis, and Improving PhotosynthesisMerchantUniversity of California–BerkeleyMoseleyBiosystems DesignUniversity
Transgenic Perturbation of Winter-Biased Genes in PopulusTsaiUniversity of Georgia–AthensMoradPourBiosystems DesignUniversity
Functional Analysis of Genes Encoding Ubiquitin Proteasome System Components Affecting Poplar Wood TraitsShabekUniversity of California–DavisMoe-LangeBioenergyUniversity
Understanding the Molecular Rules of Transporter Specificity to Engineer Biofuel-Relevant Efflux PumpsDonohueUniversity of Wisconsin–MadisonMillerBioenergyGLBRC
Systems Metabolic Engineering of Novosphingobium aromaticivorans for Lignin ValorizationMichenerOak Ridge National LaboratoryMichenerBiosystems DesignEarly Career
The Plant Synthetic Biology Shared Research Objective: Building a Cross-BRC Repository of Regulatory Elements and Testing TechnologiesDonohueUniversity of Wisconsin–MadisonMcKay WhitemanBioenergyGLBRC
Model Communities of Soil Microbiomes Reveal Details of Carbon-Use Efficiencies and Interkingdom Interactions Across ScalesHofmockelPacific Northwest National LaboratoryMcClureEnvironmental MicrobiomePhenotypic Response of SOIL Microbes
Mechanisms and Flux Measurements of Microbial Processing of Photosynthetically Fixed Algal Carbon Using Isotope Tracing and Secondary Ion Mass SpectrometryStuartLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryMayaliBioenergyµBiospheres
Flow Sorting and Sequencing Active Environmental Viruses from Methane-Oxidizing Communities with Viral-BONCATOrphanCalifornia Institute of Technology–PasadenaMartinez-HernandezEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Evolutionary Flexibility and Rigidity in the Bacterial Methylerythritol Phosphate PathwayDonohueUniversity of Wisconsin–MadisonMarshallBioenergyGLBRC
Discovery and Functional Characterization of Genomic Islands for Non-model Bacterial SystemsSchoenigerSandia National LaboratoriesMageeneyBiosystems DesignInCoGenTEC 
Single-Cell and Spatial Regulatory Map of PoplarBuellUniversity of GeorgiaLuoBiosystems DesignUniversity
The Complex System of Organic Carbon Remineralization in Rapidly Thawing Svalbard Permafrost and Active Layer SoilsLloydUniversity of TennesseeLloydEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
A Prompt Engineering Approach for Root Confocal Image Segmentation Using the Segment Anything ModelDinnenyStanford University–Palo AltoLiBiosystems DesignUniversity
Developing, Understanding, and Harnessing Modular Carbon/Nitrogen-Fixing Tripartite Microbial Consortia for Versatile Production of Biofuel and Platform ChemicalsLinUniversity of Michigan–Ann ArborLinBiosystems DesignUniversity
Systems-Level Analysis of Extreme Differences in Fatty Acid Chain-Length Production: Natural Variants and Redesigned Brassicaceae OilseedsCahoonUniversity of Nebraska–LincolnLingwanBiosystems DesignUniversity
Principles Governing Expression of Overlapping GenesJiaoLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLimBiosystems DesignMicrobial Secure Biosystems Design
Accelerating Carbon-Negative Biomanufacturing Through Systems-Level Biology and Genome OptimizationJewettNorthwestern University–EvanstonLiewBiosystems DesignUniversity
Massive Protein Redesign to Make Overlapping GenesJiaoLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLeonardBiosystems DesignMicrobial Secure Biosystems Design
Advancing Towards Synthetic Biology that Can Detect and Control Plant-Fungal InteractionsAbrahamOak Ridge National LaboratoryLeBoldusBiosystems DesignSEED
Quantitative Trait Locus Mapping of Swarming Motility and Germination Rate in a Bacillus subtilis LibraryTuskanCBILagergrenBioenergyCBI
Unraveling Metabolic Interactions Within a Rhizosphere Microbial CommunityZenglerUniversity of California–San DiegoKumarEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Influence of Temperature on Arctic Lake Sediment Methane Production and Organic Matter CompositionVarnerUniversity of New HampshireKuhnEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Natural Diversity Screening, Assay Development, and Characterization of Nylon-6 Enzymatic DepolymerizationKucharzykBattelle Memorial InstituteBeckhamBioenergyUniversity
Study of the 4-Hydroxybenzoate Catabolic Pathway in White-Rot Fungi via Biochemical and Structural Enzyme CharacterizationSalvachúaNational Renewable Energy LaboratoryKuatsjahBioenergyEarly Career
Strengthening Educational and Research Capacity for Bioenergy Science at Alabama A & M University through a Combination of Education, Research, and PartnershipsCebertAlabama A & M University–NormalKuangBioenergyRENEW
Harnessing Bacterial-Fungal Interactions to Improve Switchgrass Nitrogen-Use EfficiencyEvansMichigan State UniversityKristyBioenergyUniversity
Microbial Networks Demonstrate Extraordinary Metabolic Versatility and the Ability to Obtain Electron Acceptors from Soil Organic Matter in Temperate Peatland SoilsKostkaGeorgia Institute of Technology–AtlantaKostkaEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Root Biosynthesis Engineering of the “Plant Diamond” Sporopollenin for Permanent Belowground Carbon StorageKirstUniversity of Florida–GainesvilleKirstBioenergyEnergy Earthshots
Charting the Path to Optimize Polysaccharide Accumulation in Bioenergy SorghumDonohueUniversity of Wisconsin–MadisonKimBioenergyGLBRC
Achieving High Productivity of 2-Pyrone-4,6-dicarboxylic acid (PDC) from Aqueous Aromatic Streams with Novosphingobium aromaticivoransDonohueUniversity of Wisconsin–MadisonKimBioenergyGLBRC
Developing Anaerobic Fungal Tools for Efficient Upgrading of Lignocellulosic FeedstocksSolomanUniversity of Delaware–Newark; Purdue University–West LafayetteKhimBiosystems DesignUniversity
Microbes Persist: Towards Quantitative Theory-Based Predictions of Soil Microbial Fitness, Interaction, and Function in KnowledgebasePett-RidgeLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryMarschmannEnvironmental MicrobiomeMicrobes Persist SFA
Intraspecific Genetic Variation in Populus trichocarpa Influences Above and Belowground Plant Chemistry and Influences Plant-Soil InteractionsTuskanCBIKalluriBioenergyCBI
Response of Methanotroph Communities to Warming Temperatures in a Recently Thawed FenVarnerUniversity of New Hampshire–DurhamJonesEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Field Observation of Water, Sediment, and Nutrient Distribution Patterns in Alluvial Ridge Basins Between the Abandoned Rio Grande Channels (Resacas)DongUniversity of Texas Rio Grande ValleyDongBioenergyFAIR
Knocking Out a Candidate Gene for Wax Production in Switchgrass Results in an Unexpected Pleiotropic PhenotypeTuskanCBIDevosBioenergyCBI
BER-RENEW iSAVe: New Energy Sciences Workforce to Advance Innovations in Sustainable Arid VegetationKalyuzhnayaSan Diego State UniversityDelherbeBioenergyRENEW
Synthetic Biology Tools to Reliably Establish and Monitor Microbial Invasions in the RhizosphereAbrahamOak Ridge National LaboratoryDel Valle KessraBiosystems DesignSEED
ENIGMA Environmental Simulations and Modeling: Predictive Modeling and Mechanistic Understanding of Field ObservationsAdamsLawrence Berkeley National Laboratoryde RaadEnvironmental MicrobiomeENIGMA
Improving Bioprocess Robustness by Cellular Noise EngineeringStephanopoulosMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyDaletosBioenergyUniversity
Probing the Mechanisms of Microbial Mediated Polymer Deconstruction on the Molecular- and Systems-LevelRodriguezUCLA-DOE InstituteClubBioimagingUniversity
EndoPopulus: Endophyte Inoculation Alters Whole-Plant Physiology and Growth Dynamics of Populus Under Nitrogen-Deficient ConditionDotyUniversity of Washington–SeattleChungBioenergyUniversity
How Soils WorkPett-RidgeLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryChuckranEnvironmental MicrobiomeMicrobes Persist SFA
Developing Reduced Complexity Microbial Communities for Editing Across ScalesNorthenLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryChiniquyEnvironmental Microbiomem-CAFEs
Stopping Escape and Malfunction in Genetic Code Engineered CellsChurchHarvard UniversityChiappino-PepeBiosystems DesignUniversity
Connecting Microbial Genotype to Phenotype in Bacterial Strains from a Dynamic Subsurface Ecosystem Using ENIGMA 'Environmental Atlas'AdamsLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryChakrabortyEnvironmental MicrobiomeENIGMA
Modulating Bioenergy Traits in Field-Grown Sorghum Affects the Rhizosphere Bacterial CommunitiesKeaslingJBEIChaiBioenergyJBEI
The Fungal Microbiome: Discovering and Investigating Novel Endohyphal InhabitantsChainLos Alamos National LaboratoryChainEnvironmental MicrobiomeBacterial-Fungal Interactions
Automation of a CRISPRi Platform for Enhanced Isoprenol Production in Pseudomonas putidaKeaslingJBEICarruthersBioenergyJBEI
Plant-Microbe Interfaces: Microbially Mediated Host Stress Response—Bridging Field and Laboratory Experiments to Gain Insights into the Populus-Microbiome Symbiosis Under Abiotic StressDoktyczOak Ridge National LaboratoryCarrellEnvironmental MicrobiomePlant-Microbe Interfaces
Towards a Mechanistic Understanding of Rhodanobacter Dominance in the Contaminated SubsurfaceAdamsLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryCarlsonEnvironmental MicrobiomeENIGMA
Knowledge-Guided Interrogation of the Plastid Fatty Acid BiofactoryCahoonUniversity of Nebraska–LincolnJorgeBiosystems DesignUniversity
Development of High-Throughput Methods to Assist Measure of Biological Nitrification Inhibition in Populus SoilsCahillOak Ridge National LaboratoryCahillBioimagingEarly Career
Metabolic Engineering of Issatchenkia orientalis for Cost-Effective Production of CitramalateLeakeyCABBIBunBioenergyCABBI
BioPoplar: A Tunable Chassis for Diversified Bioproduct ProductionRobin BuellUniversity of Georgia–AthensRobin BuellBiosystems DesignUniversity
Lipid Membrane Biology of Microbial Cell Factories During Microaerobic FermentationBudinUniversity of California–San DiegoBudinBiosystems DesignEarly Career
Engineering Continuous Trait Variation in Bioenergy Feedstocks to Optimize Growth on Marginal LandsBrophyStanford UniversityBrophyBiosystems DesignEarly Career
Discovering Transcriptional Regulators of Photosynthesis in Energy Sorghum to Improve ProductivityLeonelliUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignBrooksBioenergyUniversity
Interkingdom Interactions in the Mycorrhizal Hyphosphere and Ramifications for Soil Carbon CyclingNuccioLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryBrissonEnvironmental MicrobiomeEarly Career
Assessing the Effect of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Fertilization on Root-Microbial Communities and Yield Response in Sorghum bicolorBennetzenUniversity of Georgia–AthensBrailey-JonesBioenergyUniversity
A Systems Approach for Predicting Metabolic Fluxes in Auxenochlorella protothecoidesMerchantUniversity of California–BerkeleyBoyleBiosystems DesignUniversity
Rendering the Metabolic Wiring Powering Wetland Soil Methane ProductionWrightonColorado State University–Fort CollinsBortonEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Unraveling Microbial and Viral Responses to Wetting Using MultiomicsPett-RidgeLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryBlazewiczEnvironmental MicrobiomeMicrobes Persist SFA
Climate vs. Energy Security: Quantifying the Trade-Offs of BECCS Deployment and Overcoming Opportunity Costs on Set-Aside LandLeakeyCABBIBlanc-BetesBioenergyCABBI
Beyond Boundaries: Foxtail Mosaic Virus Drives Heterologous Protein Expression and Precision Gene Editing in SorghumLeakeyCABBIBaysalBioenergyCABBI
Characterizing Mechanistic Roles of Viruses in Driving Biogeochemical Cycles in the RhizosphereMounceyLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryBassonEnvironmental MicrobiomeJGI
Performance Thresholds for Co-Utilization of Lignin-Derived Aromatics and SugarsKeaslingJBEIBaralBioenergyJBEI
Response of Soil Microbial Communities to Nitrogen and Phosphorus Input in Sorghum FieldBennetzenUniversity of Georgia–AthensBabalolaBioenergyUniversity
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Cryo-NanoSIMS: The Next Generation for High Spatial Resolution Functional AnalysisStuartLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryWeberBioenergyµBiospheres
Applying Metabolic Models to Mechanistically Understand and Predict Interactions Between Anaerobic Methanotrophic Archaea and Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria Strains in Geochemical Cycling ProcessesHenryArgonne National LaboratoryLiuEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Mesocosm-Based Methods to Evaluate Biocontainment Strategies and Impact of Industrial Microbes Upon Native EcosystemsGuarnieriNational Renewable Energy LaboratoryArnoldsBiosystems DesignIMAGINE BioSecurity
Encapsulin Nanocompartment Systems in Rhodococcus opacus for Compartmentalized Biosynthesis ApplicationsYungLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryWackelinBiosystems DesignEarly Career
Identification of the Genetic Factors that Contribute to Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor)AneUniversity of Wisconsin–MadisonVenadoBioenergyUniversity
Drought-Induced Plant Physiology Drives Altered Microbe-Metabolite Interactions Along the Plant Rhizosphere ColumnEgbertPacific Northwest National LaboratoryAnthonyBiosystems DesignPersistence Control of Soil Microbiomes
Enhancing Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) Aerial Roots Through Engineering Diazotrophic CommunitiesAneUniversity of Wisconsin–MadisonVenadoBioenergyUniversity
Vision-Driven RhizoNet: Foundations for Systematic Measurement of Plant Root BiomassTringeLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryUshizimaBioenergyEERC
How Microbes and Minerals Make Necromass that PersistsDeAngelisUniversity of Massachusetts–AmherstAndersonEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Functional Characterization of GT47 Glycosyltransferases in Duckweed to Facilitate Predictive BiologyUrbanowiczUniversity of GeorgiaUrbanowiczBioenergyUniversity
Engineering Bacterial Microcompartments in Clostridium autoethanogenum to Overcome Bottlenecks in Sustainable Production of Synthetic RubberTullman-ErcekNorthwester UniversityTullman-ErcekBioenergyUniversity
Exploring the Metabolic Capability of Undomesticated Thermophilic Bacillus coagulans for Biosynthesis of Designer Esters at Elevated TemperaturesTrinhUniversity of Tennessee–KnoxvilleTrinhEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Multiscale Computational Digital Twins for Whole-Body to Subcellular Radiation EffectsStevensArgonne National LaboratoryAgasthyaBiopreparednessLow-Dose
RESTOR-C: Center for Restoration of Soil Carbon by Precision Biological StrategiesTringeLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryTringeBioenergyEERC
High (School) Throughput Screening of BAHD TransferasesAchesonUniversity of Wisconsin–MadisonAchesonBioenergyGLBRC
Understanding the Role of Permafrost-Affected Microbes in Thawing ArcticLloydUniversity of Tennessee–KnoxvilleAbuahEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Understanding Microbial Invasion Biology from Laboratory-to-Field for Secure Ecosystem Engineering and DesignAbrahamOak Ridge National LaboratoryAbrahamBiosystems DesignSEED
Progress Towards the Generation of Oily MiscanthusLeakeyUniversity of Illinois Urbana–ChampaignTrieuBioenergyCABBI
Developing Temperature-Jump X-Ray Crystallography to Study Dynamic Biosynthetic Enzymes at Synchrotrons and X-Ray Free-Electron LasersThompsonUniversity of California–MercedThompsonBioenergyFAIR
Model-Guided Design of Synthetic Microbial Consortia for Next-Generation Biofuel ProductionZenglerUniversity of California–San DiegoThiruppathyBiosystems DesignUniversity
CRISPR Activation of Poplar Target of Rapamycin Genes Improves Nitrogen Use Efficiency and Indicates Possible Functional DivergenceColemanUniversity of MarylandTayengwaBioenergyUniversity
From Viromes to Virocells: Dissecting Viral Roles in Terrestrial Microbiomes and Nutrient CyclingSullivanThe Ohio State UniversitySullivanEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Iron-Mediated Microbial Interactions with Primary Producers in Terrestrial and Aquatic SystemsStuartLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryStuartBioenergyµBiospheres
AI Foundation Models for Understanding Cellular Responses to Radiation ExposureStevensArgonne National LaboratoryStrokaBiopreparednessLow-Dose
Cryosectioning-Enabled Super-Resolution Microscopy for Studying Nuclear Architecture at the Single Protein LevelChurchHarvard Medical SchoolSteinBiosystems DesignUniversity
Understanding the Role of Tolerance on Microbial Production of IsoprenolKeaslingJBEISrinivasanBioenergyJBEI
Leveraging Type I-F CRISPR-Associated Transposase Regulators to Improve Editing EfficiencyNorthenLawrence Berkeley National LaboratorySongEnvironmental Microbiomem-CAFEs
Interactions Between Enhanced Rock Weathering and Soil Organic Carbon Cycling in Coordinated, National-Scale Field TrialsPett-RidgeLawrence Livermore National LaboratorySokolBioenergyEERC
Synthetic Biology Tool Development for Precision Engineering of Oilseed CropsCahoonUniversity of Nebraska–LincolnSmanskiBiosystems DesignUniversity
Multiomics-Driven Microbial Model OptimizationCarothersUniversity of Washington–SeattleShinBiosystems DesignUniversity
Root-Mediated Impacts of Plant Volatile Organic Compound Emissions on Soil CarbonMeredithLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryShenEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Microbial Treatments to Increase Carbon Sequestration in Biofuel Crop SystemsTringeLawrence Berkeley National LaboratorySevantoEnvironmental Microbiome
Global Proteomics and Resource Allocation Modeling Reveals Thermodynamic Bottleneck and Highlights Effective Genetic and Metabolic Interventions for C. thermocellumTuskanCBISchroederBioenergyCBI
Leveraging Leaf Structure and Biochemistry to Enhance Water Use Efficiency in SorghumBaxterDonald Danforth Plant Science CenterSchraderBiosystems DesignUniversity
Computational Modeling to Enable Predictive Secure Biosystems DesignsGuarnieriNational Renewable Energy LaboratorySantibanez PalominosBiosystems DesignIMAGINE BioSecurity
Understanding the Role of Duckweed Transcription Factor in Triacylglycerol Metabolism and Abiotic Stress Tolerance in PlantsMuthanWest Virginia State UniversitySanjayaBioenergyFAIR
Designing Novel Enzymes for Complete Degradation of Recalcitrant PolyamidesZanghelliniArzeda CorporationSanghaBioenergy
Real-Time Sensing and Adaptive Computing to Elucidate Microenvironment-Induced Cell Heterogeneities and Accelerate Scalable BioprocessesSalvachúaNational Renewable Energy LaboratorySalvachúaBioenergyAccelerate
Extracting Switchgrass Features Through Minirhizotron and Hyperspectral Image ProcessingJuengerUniversity of Texas–AustinSaldanhaBioenergyUniversity
Plant-Microbe Interfaces: Specialized Fungal Metabolites Regulate Synthetic Fungal Communities and Their Interactions with PopulusDoktyczOak Ridge National LaboratoryRushEnvironmental MicrobiomePlant-Microbe Interfaces
Multiomics Pipelines and Approaches to Characterize Viral Impacts on Environmental MicrobiomesRouxDOE Joint Genome InstituteRouxEnvironmental MicrobiomeEarly Career
Mapping Toxin-Antitoxin Systems for Microbial Community BiocontainmentJiaoLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryRicciBiosystems DesignMicrobial Secure Biosystems Design
Improving Candidate Gene Discovery by Combining Multiple Genetic Mapping DatasetsRellán-ÁlvarezNorth Carolina State UniversityRellán-ÁlvarezBioenergyUniversity
Microbial Responses to Scaling Complexity in Chitin Decomposition with Changing Moisture and Structure LevelsHofmockelPacific Northwest National LaboratoryReichartEnvironmental MicrobiomePhenotypic Response of SOIL Microbes
Understanding the Effects of Populus—Mycorrhizal Associations on Plant Productivity and Resistance to Abiotic StressCreggerOak Ridge National LaboratoryRamírez-FloresBioenergyEarly Career
Using Biodiversity to Explore the Diversification of Environment-Regulated GrowthDinnenyStanford UniversityRamachandranBioenergyUniversity
Structural Characterization of GT47 Glycosyltransferases in Duckweed to Facilitate Predictive BiologyUrbanowiczNational Renewable Energy LaboratoryPrabhakarBioenergyUniversity
Transcriptional Profiling of Winter-Regulated Genes in Populus trichocarpaTsaiUniversity of GeorgiaPloyetBioenergyUniversity
Characterization, Neutron Scattering, and Molecular Dynamic Simulation of the Lignin Carbohydrate Complex Structure and its DisruptionDavisonUniversity of Tennessee–KnoxvilleVenkatesh PingaliBioenergyBiomass Deconstruction
Terraforming Soil Energy Earthshot Research Center: Accelerating Soil-Based Carbon Drawdown Through Advanced Genomics and GeochemistryPett-RidgeLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryPett-RidgeBioenergyEERC
Enhanced Resistance Pines for Improved Renewable Biofuel and Chemical ProductionPeterUniversity of FloridaPeterBioenergyUniversity
Plant-Microbe Interfaces: Defining Quorum Sensing Signal Potential in the Populus Microbiome and Examining its Role in Community Selection and StructureDoktyczOak Ridge National LaboratoryPelletierEnvironmental MicrobiomePlant-Microbe Interfaces
The Root Microbiome of Camelina: From Structure to FunctionLuMontana State UniversityPaulitzBioenergyUniversity
Friends and Foes: How Microbial Predators Influence Nutrient Cycling in SoilHungateNorthern Arizona UniversityPatelEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Deciphering Stress-Resilient Growth in Brassicaceae Models: A Comparative Genomics Analysis of Adaptative on to Extreme EnvironmentsDinnenyStanford UniversityPanthaBioenergyUniversity
Unleashing Photosynthesis and Nitrogen Fixation for Carbon Neutral Production of Nitrogen-Rich CompoundsPakrasiWashington University in St. LouisPakrasiBioenergyEnergy Earthshots
Conversion of Lignocellulosic Plant Biomass into Industrial Chemicals via Metabolic Engineering of Two Extreme Thermophiles, Caldicellulosiruptor bescii and Pyrococcus furiosusAdamsUniversity of GeorgiaO'QuinnEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Developing Chassis for Low Density Polyethylene Upcycling from Microbes Native to the Gut Microbiome of Yellow MealwormsBlennerUniversity of DelawareOttBiosystems DesignUniversity
Cell-Free Systems Biology: Characterizing Pyruvate Metabolism of Clostridium thermocellum with a Three-Enzyme Cascade ReactionOlsonDartmouth CollegeOlsonBioenergyUniversity
Bacterial Degradation of Sorgoleone, a Step Towards Enforcing Rhizobacteria ContainmentEgbertPacific Northwest National LaboratoryOdaBiosystems DesignPersistence Control of Soil Microbiomes
Construction of a Synthetic 57-Codon E. coli Chromosome to Achieve Resistance to All Natural Viruses, Prevent Horizontal Gene Transfer, and Enable BiocontainmentChurchHarvard Medical SchoolNyergesBiosystems DesignUniversity
Assessing Bacterial-Fungal Interactions Across Experimental ScalesChainLos Alamos National LaboratoryJohnsonEnvironmental MicrobiomeBacterial-Fungal Interactions
Sequencing Driven Accelerated Discovery of Genes Regulating Water Use Efficiency and Stomatal Patterning and in C4 Crops with High-Throughput PhenotypingBaxterDonald Danforth Plant Science CenterJiangBiosystems DesignUniversity
Reduced Environmental Plasticity in Pennycress Improves Responses to Competition and Climate ChangeSedbrookIllinois State UniversityJawahirBioenergyUniversity
Novel Systems Approach for Rational Engineering of Robust Microbial Metabolic PathwaysJarboeIowa State UniversityJarboeBiosystems DesignUniversity
Multichromatic Optogenetic Control of Microbial Co-Culture Populations for Chemical ProductionAvalosPrinceton UniversityJangBioenergyUniversity
Identification of Regulatory Mechanisms Underlying Cell Differentiation in Sorghum BiomassKirstUniversity of FloridaPereiraBioenergyUniversity
Conversion of Natural and Transgenic Sugarcane and Poplar Variants with an Ionic-Liquid-Based Feedstocks-To-Fuels PipelineKeaslingJBEIIslamBioenergyJBEI
Engineering Inducible Biological Nitrogen Fixation for Bioenergy CropsDonohueDOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research CenterInfanteBioenergyGLBRC
Role of Nitrogen Oxides in a High Nitrate and Heavy Metal Contaminated Field Site: What Has Been Observed and What Researchers Aim to UnderstandAdamsLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryHuntEnvironmental MicrobiomeENIGMA
Machine Learning-Assisted Genome-Wide Association Study Uncovers Copy-Number Variations of Tandem Paralogs Driving Stress Tolerance Evolution in Issatchenckia orientalisLeakeyDOE Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts InnovationHsiehBioenergyCABBI
Comparison of Soil Responses to Long-Term Fertilization and Short-Term Nitrogen and Carbon Amendments in Miscanthus and CornLeakeyDOE Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts InnovationHoweBioenergyCABBI
Drought Influences Microbial Activity and the Accrual and Composition of Soil Organic CarbonPett-RidgeLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryHoneckerEnvironmental MicrobiomeMicrobes Persist SFA
Profiling Temporal and Spatial Activities of RhizobacteriaAdamsDOE Joint Genome InstituteHondaBioimagingJGI
Metabo-Lipidomics Unveil Root Exudate Molecular Diversity and Functional Impacts on Soil Microbial CommunitiesHofmockelPacific Northwest National LaboratoryHofmockelEnvironmental MicrobiomePhenotypic Response of SOIL Microbes
Legacy Effects of Warming Alter Simple and Complex Soil Organic Matter DecompositionHungateNorthern Arizona UniversityHoffmanEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Plant-Microbe Interfaces: Unraveling How Microbial Adaptation Strategies Are Shaped by the Chemical Environment of the Populus RhizosphereDoktyczOak Ridge National LaboratoryHettichEnvironmental MicrobiomePlant-Microbe Interfaces
Dissecting Bacterial-Fungal Interactions in the Bouteloua gracilis Rhizosphere Microbiome Using Metabolic PhenotypingChainLos Alamos National LaboratoryHansonEnvironmental MicrobiomeBacterial-Fungal Interactions
Plastic Degradation and Upcycling by the Gut Microbiome of Yellow MealwormsSolomonUniversity of DelawareHansenBioenergyUniversity
CRISPR/Cas Tool Development and Genome Engineering in Nonmodel BacteriaCarothersUniversity of WashingtonGuzmanBiosystems DesignUniversity
EcoFAB 3.0: A Controlled Ecosystem for Bioenergy CropsKeaslingJBEIGuptaBioenergyJBEI
IMAGINE BioSecurity: Genome-Scale Engineering and High-Throughput Screening to Establish Secure Biosystems DesignGuarnieriNational Renewable Energy LaboratoryGuarnieriBiosystems DesignIMAGINE BioSecurity
Physical and Molecular Responses of Pennycress (Thlaspi arvense L.) to Waterlogging SedbrookIllinois State UniversityGschwendBioenergyUniversity
Analyzing Biotic and Abiotic Stress Responses in Sorghum Using Comprehensive Field Phenomics DataEvelandDonald Danforth Plant Science CenterGonzalezBioenergyUniversity
Pyrocosms to Measure Influence of Fire Intensity, Time, and Soil Depth on Microbial Succession, Cross-Kingdom Interactions, and Greenhouse Gas EmissionsGlassmanUniversity of California–RiversideGlassmanEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Optimizing Enzymes for Plastic Upcycling Using Machine Learning Design and High Throughput ExperimentsGauthierHarvard Medical SchoolGauthierBioenergyUniversity
Engineering Cupriavidus necator for Efficient Aerobic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to Fuels and ChemicalsJewettStanford UniversityFulkBiosystems DesignUniversity
Engineering C4 Feedstock Crops for Improved Water Use Efficiency and Drought AvoidanceBaxterDonald Danforth Plant Science CenterFischerBiosystems DesignUniversity
Integrating Molecular Genetics and Precision Phenotyping to Elucidate the Genetic Basis for Drought Resilience in SorghumEvelandDonald Danforth Plant Science CenterEvelandBioenergyUniversity
Dead or (Still Not) Alive: Patterns and Drivers of Soil Viral Activity, Turnover, and DecayEmersonUniversity of California–DavisEmersonEnvironmental MicrobiomeUniversity
Reinforced CRISPR Interference (CRISPRi) Enables Reliable Multiplex Gene Repression In Phylogenetically Distant BacteriaEgbertPacific Northwest National LaboratoryElmoreBiosystems DesignPersistence Control of Soil Microbiomes
Surveying, Culturing, and Sequencing Root Microbiomes Associated with Switchgrass, a Native North American Biofuel FeedstockJuengerUniversity of Texas–AustinEdwardsBioenergyUniversity
Unveiling Molecular Interactions and Metabolic Contributions in Sorghum Anthracnose Defense: Towards the Integration of Fungal Pathogen and Host Sorghum ModelsLiuBrookhaven National LaboratoryEdirisingheBiopreparednessBRaVE
Systems Framework to Enhance the Potential of Camelina as Oilseed CropGrotewoldMichigan State UniversityEdgerBioenergyUniversity
Thermophilic Genetic Tool Development for Engineering and Functional Genomics in Clostridium thermocellumTuskanCBIEckertBioenergyCBI
Engineering Poplar for Production of Co-Products Muconic Acid and 2-Pyrone-4,6-Dicarboxylic AcidKeaslingJBEIDwivediBioenergyJBEI
Spatio-Temporal Consumer-Resource and Genome-Scale Metabolic Modeling of the Rhizosphere MicrobiomeNorthenLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryDukovskiEnvironmental Microbiomem-CAFEs
Tunable Leaky Ribosomal Scanning Governs Translation of Polycistronic Genes in Green AlgaeMerchantUniversity of California–BerkeleyDueñasBiosystems DesignUniversity
EndoPopulus: Elucidation of the Roles of Diazotrophic Endophyte Communities in Promoting Productivity and Resilience of Populus Through Systems Biology ApproachesDotyUniversity of WashingtonDotyBioenergyUniversity
High-Throughput Genome Editing and Phenotyping of Plant Cells Using a Scalable and Automated PipelineLeakeyDOE Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts InnovationDongBioenergyCABBI
Deciphering Genetic and Physiological Mechanisms of Nitrogen Use Efficiency in CamelinaLuMontana State University–BozemanDlakicBioenergyUniversity
Combinatorial Library Design for Improving Isobutanol Production in Saccharomyces cerevisiaeDonohueUniversity of Wisconsin–MadisonDietrichBioenergyGLBRC
Engineering Novel Microbes for Upcycling Waste PlasticYuanWashington University in St. LouisDiaoBiosystems DesignUniversity