Christopher Lawson

The Hallam Lab

Investigating microbial communities…
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Christopher E. Lawson

M.A.Sc. Candidate in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
office phone: 604-822-5974
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Biological Wastewater Treatment
  • Nutrient Removal and Recovery Technologies
  • Microbial Ecology of Biological Treatment Systems
  • Membrane Bioreactors for Wastewater Treatment

My research focuses on the study of complex biological treatment processes for pollution control and sustainable wastewater management. Specifically, my work involves understanding the structure, diversity, and metabolic function of microbial communities in the Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal (EBPR) process, using metagenomic and metatranscriptomic approaches. Outcomes of my research will provide deeper insight into the microbial ecology of biological phosphorus removal, such that strategies for efficient and reliable EBPR process performance can be developed.


2008 – 2010 – B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering (Environmental Option), Department of Civil Engineering, UBC, Vancouver, BC
2005 – 2007 – Honours Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op), Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton, AB

Work Experience

2012 – Present - Hallam Lab, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UBC
2011 – Present – Pollution Control and Waste Management Group, Department of Civil Engineering, UBC
2010-2011 – Water & Wastewater Process Engineer, DCL Siemens Engineering Ltd., Edmonton, AB