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Steven Hallam, Assistant Professor
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College
Ph.D., University of California Santa Cruz
Postdoctoral, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Postdoctoral, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

e-mail: shallam<at>interchange.ubc.ca
office phone: 604-827-3420
fax: 604-822-6041

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see also
Microbiology Page
Centre for Microbial Diversity and Evolution
Canada Research Chair Page


Staff

Charles Howes, Systems Manager
B.Sc. Biotechnology (Honors, Co-op), University of British Columbia/British Columbia Institute of Technology
B.Sc. Computer Science (Co-op), Simon Fraser University
Di.T. Biotechnology, British Columbia Institute of Technology

e-mail: chp.oqfvj5.f71zpu.0@ch.pkts.ca
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Cluster computing
  • Robotics
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Diane Fairley, Lab Manager
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Microbial community structure in oceanic environments
  • Functional Metagenomics
  • High-Throughput Biology
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Sam Kheirandish, Research Assistant/Tech II
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Microbial community structure in oceanic environments
  • Functional Metagenomics
  • High-Throughput Biology
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Melanie Scofield, Research Assistant
M.Sc. Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia
B.Sc. Cell Biology and Genetics, University of British Columbia

e-mail: scofield<at>mail.ubc.ca
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Biodiversity of soil and water environments
  • Functional genomics

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Maya Bhatia, Post-Doctoral Fellow

e-mail: mayab3<at>mail.ubc.ca
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Microbial Metagenomics

Kishori Konwar, Post-Doctoral Fellow

e-mail: kishori<at>mail.ubc.ca
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Statistics
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Antoine Pagé, Post-Doctoral Fellow

e-mail: appage<at>interchange.ubc.ca
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Microbial biogeochemistry
  • Archaeal physiology
  • Ecology of extremophiles
  • Geomicrobiology
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Nicole Sukdeo, Post-Doctoral Fellow

e-mail: sukdeo_n<at>gmx.com
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Nitramine biodegradation specifically hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (also known as "Royal Demolition Explosive, RDX")
  • Microbial community dynamics in RDX contaminated soil
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Students

Kai Blumberg, B.Sc Student

e-mail: kaiiam<at>interchange.ubc.ca
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Microbial Metagenomics
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Karen Chan, B.Sc Student

e-mail: kytchan<at>interchange.ubc.ca
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Functional genomics
  • High-throughput biology
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Justin Dirk, B.Sc Student, Biochemistry, Human Kinetics (minor)

e-mail: jdirk9<at>gmail.com
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Marine Methane Oxidation
  • Environmental Genomics
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W. Evan Durno, BA Student, Mathematics, Statistics (minor)

e-mail: wdurno<at>gmail.com
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Big Data
  • Lead / Lag Statistics for time series
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Esther Anna Gies, PhD Candidate

e-mail: eagies<at>interchange.ubc.ca
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Biodiversity of meromictic lakes
  • Environmental Genomics
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Aria Hahn, PhD Candidate
B.Sc. Environmental Science
M.Sc. Soil Science

e-mail: hahnaria<at>gmail.com
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Soil microbial community structure
  • Soil environment-microbe interactions
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Niels Hanson, MS Student
B.Sc. Computer Science & Biology Combined (Minor in Statistics), University of British Columbia

e-mail: nielshanson<at>me.com
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Large Scale Database Design & Data Mining
  • Bayesian Machine Learning Algorithms & Statistics
  • High Throughput Data Visualization
  • Human Computer Interaction Methods for Genomic Data Exploration
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Alyse K. Hawley, PhD Candidate
B.Sc., University of Victoria

e-mail: alysekh<at>interchange.ubc.ca
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Biogeochemical processes in marine oxygen minimum zones (OMZs)
  • Nitrogen cycling and sulfide oxidation in OMZs
  • Microbial community structure in oceanic environments
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Keith Mewis, Masters Student

e-mail: kmewis<at>interchange.ubc.ca
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Functional Metagenomics
  • High-throughput Biology
  • Biophysics

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Young C. Song, Masters Student
B.Sc. Biology (Hons. with Computer Science Minor), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

e-mail: youngcsong<at>gmail.com
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Bioinformatics
    • Databases/ Data mining
    • Pipeline programming
    • Phylogenetic analysis
    • Statistical analysis (PCA, Hierarchical clustering, etc.)
  • Environmental microbiology
    • Bioremediation of sites contaminated with complex hydrocarbon and other recalcitrant compounds.
    • Microbial diversity of hydrocarbon rich environments.
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Jody J. Wright, PhD Candidate
B.Sc. Environmental Science, Specializing in Biology, Simon Fraser University

e-mail: jjwright49<at>gmail.com
teaching portfolio: www.jodywright.ca
blog: www.intersectionofeverything.com
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Microbial community structure, diversity and function in the Subarctic Pacific Ocean
  • Microbial involvement in trace gas cycling (CO2, CH4, DMS, N2O) within Oxygen Minimum Zones (OMZs)
  • Reconstruction of metabolic networks using metagenomic approaches
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Elena Zaikova, PhD Candidate

Research Interests:

  • Microbial – animal interactions:
    • Mechanisms
    • Effect on host fitness, evolution and ecology
  • Microbial ecology, community structure and biogeography
  • Marine biology and biodiversity
  • Functional metagenomics
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