Steve Singer

Director of Microbial Communities

Research Focus

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


  • Thermophilic microbial consortia that produce highly effective enzymatic mixture for high temperature biomass deconstruction
  • Identification of mechanisms and pathways for depolymerization and bioconversion of lignin
  • Understanding mechanisms of ionic liquid tolerance in bacteria and fungi
  • Improving enzyme production in thermophilic fungi (with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
  • Clostridium thermocellum hydrogen production in the presence of biologically-based ionic liquids (with National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Featured Media

JBEI Expert Steve Singer on the role of microbial communities in biomass breakdown

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?

Berkeley Lab-led team explores a way to create biofuels, minus the photosynthesis
Beller group

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

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