Steven Hallam

Associate Professor
PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz
Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Hallam is a University of California, Santa Cruz and MIT trained molecular biologist, microbial ecologist, entrepreneur and innovator with over 20 years experience in field and laboratory research at disciplinary interfaces. He is a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Genomics and a scholar in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) integrated microbial biodiversity program. He is also a program faculty member in the Bioinformatics and Genome Sciences and Technology training programs at UBC. Dr. Hallam currently directs ECOSCOPE, an NSERC CREATE industrial stream training program in support of the emerging bioeconomy.

Dr. Hallam’s current research intersects microbial ecology, biological engineering and bioinformatics with specific emphasis on the creation of functional screens and computational tools that reveal hidden metabolic powers of uncultivated microbial communities. His laboratory has developed MetaPathways, a modular annotation and analysis pipeline to predict metabolic interactions from environmental sequence information. Other research areas include single-cell genome sequencing and biosensor development for environmental monitoring and enzyme discovery. He recently become a Leopold Leadership Fellow and was elected a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to the fields of environmental genomics and microbial ecology.

Primary Recipient Awards

Wall Scholars, Steven Hallam, 2016

Steven Hallam
Wall Scholars

During his year in residence at the Institute, Dr. Hallam will complete several manuscripts describing innovative screening methods to discover novel biocatalysts from natural and engineered ecosystems applicable to biomass deconstruction. These biocatalysts can be used to engineer microbial communities for modular biorefining processes resulting in more sustainable paths towards energy and materials production. Through the completion of these manuscripts he will redirect his research program through new funding initiatives and begin drafting a book exploring the power of microbial cooperation from both deep time and contemporary ecological perspectives.

Dr. Hallam will also develop a sustainability strategy for ECOSCOPE and work with colleagues at the Institute to develop more effective science communication and outreach programs. 

Early Career Scholars, Steven Hallam, 2007

Steven Hallam

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