Dominique Loqué’s primary interests are discoveries and innovations; his current research activities are related to the optimization of plant development and biomass characteristics for sustainable energy-crop and bioenergy production. He is developing expression tools and additional accessories, and using synthetic biology principles to engineer plants. He currently is focused on generating “universal” tools – applicable to many plant species – to reduce cell-wall recalcitrance and, ultimately, optimized energy-crop production. Also, Loqué has a strong interest in metabolic engineering in plants to improve their robustness to environmental stresses and valorize them for downstream applications such as bioenergy and chemical production. For example, he implements new pathways in lignifying cells to inhibit lignin biosynthesis, produce novel lignin monomers to modify the physical properties of lignin with the aim of reducing lignin recalcitrance and valorizing this aromatic polymer for down-stream applications. He is redesigning cell wall biosynthetic pathways and regulatory networks to improve cell wall properties and expressing specific pathways to further enrich plant cell wall with sugars to optimize bioenergy traits. Beyond cell wall engineering, he is expanding his toolbox for plant root engineering and his goal is to use them to optimize plant nitrogen acquisition and plant-microbial interactions in order to reduce chemical inputs.