It’s been 10 years since the US Department of Energy first established a BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and researcher Gerald “Jerry” Tuskan has used that time and the lab’s and center’s resources and tools to make good on his college dreams of using genomics to study and improve plant species. Now he is getting ready to lead the new Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) at ORNL, a DOE Bioenergy Research Center that will launch in FY2018 with the mission of accelerating the development of specialty plants and processes for a new generation of biofuel.