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- Functional Metagenomics
- High-throughput Biology
My research involves the study of organic matter degradation via the discovery of glycosyl hydrolase genes through a combination of functional and in silico screening methods. By studying environments ranging from marine and aquatic ecosystems to forest soils and coal bed methane, we hope to find a diverse range of novel enzymes with commercial applications. I have developed an automated high-throughput screening method capable of analyzing tens to hundreds of thousands of individual clones per day. Current work is focused on adapting this methodology for work in yeast, as well as the screening of individual single cells isolated from the environment. We are also working to expand the scope of the screen to identify genes mediating hemicellulose and lignin modification.
2004-2009 - B.Sc Honours Biophysics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
2008-2010 - Hansen Lab, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UBC
2010-present - Hallam Lab, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UBC