Steve Singer

Director of Microbial and Enzyme Discovery and Deputy VP of Deconstruction

Research Focus

Using microbiomes and metabolic engineering to convert the whole plant to fuels and chemicals.


  • Cultivating microbiomes to understand lignin modification and depolymerization during biomass deconstruction
  • Using microbiomes and novel microbial isolates to understand aromatic uptake and conversio
  • Rewiring bacterial metabolism to improve the efficiency of lignocellulose conversion to fuels and chemicals
  • Deciphering fungal mechanisms of lignin conversion and glycoside hydrolase expression
  • Conversion of CO2 and CH4 to fuels and chemicals

Featured Media

To Find New Biofuel Enzymes, It Can Take a Microbial Village

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

Featured Publications