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.