Dominique Loqué

Director of Cell Wall Engineering

Research Interests

  • Synthetic biology, Molecular biology, Metabolic engineering,
  • Plants, Cell wall, Lignin, Plant Physiology, Nutrient transport, Plant nutrition, Nitrogen acquisition, Plant-microbe interactions,
  • Yeast, Phenylpropanoid pathway, Aromatic amino acid biosynthesis

Main Projects


  • Developing novel and dominant approaches to reduce lignin content and/or modify its composition to valorize its downstream utilization
  • Developing synthetic biology tools to support metabolic engineering in plants and biomass optimization
  • Stacking bioenergy traits to developed optimized bioenergy crops


  • Developing promoter libraries to facilitate plant root engineering
  • Engineering metabolic pathway in plant roots to improve plant-microbe interactions and nutrient acquisition

Featured Media

2014 R&D 100 Winner – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Tissue-Specific Cell-Wall Engineering

Director’s 2014 Lifetime and Exceptional Achievement Award

2014 Robert Rabson Award – Dominique Loqué

Five Berkeley Lab Researchers Receive DOE Early Career Awards


 Swords to Plowshares: Engineering Plants for More Biofuel sugars

On the right is an Arabidopsis plant engineered to reduce the xylan content while preserving the structural integrity of its cell walls. It compares favorably to wild type plant on the far left. In the middle is a xylan-deficient mutant.

Making Do with More: Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Engineer Plant Cell Walls to Boost Sugar Yields for Biofuels

JBEI’s Henrik Scheller (left) and Dominque Loque, shown here with Arabidopsis plants, are engineering plant cell walls to make the sugars within more accessible. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab)

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