Steve Singer

Director of Microbial Communities and Deputy VP of Deconstruction

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
  • Engineering bacteria to produce biofuels and bioproducts from methane and carbon monooxide
  • 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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