Steve Singer

Director of Microbial Communities

Research Focus

Understanding how microbial communities metabolize lignocellulose and identify the genes, pumps and proteins responsible for this activity.


  • Collect initial samples from hypersaline environments, determine phylogenetic and functional gene repertoires, and sequence metagenomes
  • Develop methods to measure oligosaccharide products of thermophilic cocktails
  • Functional screening of expression libraries for genes involved in lignocellulose deconstruction and IL tolerance.
  • Develop bioinformatics tools for comparative metagenome analysis
  • Establish methods for assaying lignin depolymerization by microbial communities and isolates

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MaxBin: Automated Sorting Through Metagenomes

JBEI researchers developed MaxBin to automatically recover individual genomes from metagenomes using an expectation-maximization algorithm.

From Soil Microbe to Super-Efficient Biofuel Factory?

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Berkeley Lab to Receive $8.6 Million in Recovery Act Funding for “Transformational” Energy Research Projects

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