Published on September 19th, 20140
STEVE HALLAM – Microbiologist, Land Ethicist, Educator.
Steven Hallam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Scholar and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Genomics. He received his PhD from the University of California Santa Cruz where he studied developmental regulation of neuronal asymmetry and synaptic remodeling in Caenorhabditis elegans. Motivated by this experience in network dynamics, he became a postdoctoral researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and later, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied marine microbiology and environmental genomics. His current research intersects microbial ecology, synthetic biology and bioinformatics with specific emphasis on the creation of functional screens and computational tools that reveal hidden metabolic powers of uncultivated microbial communities. Dr. Hallam was recently elected a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to the fields of environmental genomics and microbial ecology.