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Adams, Paul

Paul, Adams

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Physical Biosciences
SFA Laboratory Research Manager
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(510) 486-4225


Paul Adams is an expert in macromolecular structural biology and has significant experience managing large research projects and facilities. As SFA Lab Research Manager he serves as the main point of contact between LBNL and DOE. He coordinates the development of a coherent scientific and technical plan and research directions to accomplish the goals and deliverables. He maintains close collaboration with the Technical Co-Manager, Directors and the project leads to ensure progress.

Arkin, Adam

Arkin, Adam

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
SFA Technical Co-Manager
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(510) 643-5678


Adam Arkin is an expert in the systems and synthetic biology of microbes. His role as the SFA Technical Co-Manager is to ensure the scientific basis of the mission goals, working with the Directors and Principal Investigators to develop coherent projects that address high value problems, especially those of scale.  As Microbial Physiology Component Director he helps Principal Investigators and Project Scientists effectively plan and execute experiments addressing relevant themes.

Alm, Eric

Alm, EricMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Deputy Director, Computation
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Eric Alm’s interests include both computational/theoretical and experimental approaches to understanding the evolution of microorganisms, emphasizing a ‘systems-level’ perspective. As Computation Component Deputy Director his expertise allows him to work closely with the environmental teams to plan and coordinate field sampling design strategies and protocols. He will also develop computational tools to analyze environmental data and model microbial communities in the field.

Baliga, Nitin

Baliga-Nitin_thumbnailInstitute for Systems Biology
Director, Computation
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(206) 732-1266

Nitin Baliga, as the Computation Component Director, uses a multidisciplinary systems approach to understand how information within DNA is decoded into observable phenotypes influenced by interaction with the environment. His team continues to decipher quantitative systems-scale models for complete gene regulatory circuits of diverse prokaryotic organisms. He works closely across all components to guide the development of tools and analyses that help direct research directions of the SFA. Nitin is the lead on the Predictive Network Biology Campaign

Deutschbauer, Adam

DEUTSCHBAUER, ADAMLawrence Berkeley National Lab
Deputy Director, Biotechnology Development
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(510) 643-5683


Adam Deutschbauer has a background in Microbial systems biology. As part of the Virtual Institute of Microbial Stress and Survival, he develops next-generation tools for microbial functional genomics. As the Biotechnology Component Deputy Director, he will help drive the development of experimental and computational approaches to develop models of microbial metabolism, gene regulation, and signal transduction. He will ensure the teams can meet project goals, encourage integration and collaboration between groups.

Fields, Matthew

Fields MatthewMontana State University
Deputy Director,
Environmental Microbiology
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(406) 994-7340


Matthew Fields, as the Environmental Component Deputy Director, studies environmental signals that are sensed by cells to mediate control over physiology and modes of growth. Matthew Fields is an associate professor in the Department of Microbiology at Montana State University. His lab is in the Center for Biofilm Engineering, and he is also associated with the Thermal Biology Institute and the Energy Research Institute at Montana State University. He is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the National Center for Genome Resources in Santa Fe, NM. His laboratory uses molecular ecology to study microbial communities associated with different environments in the field that include subsurface sediments, groundwater, coal, and industrial environments. Laboratory work includes sulfate-reducing bacteria, methanogens, and lipid-producing algae, and these types of organisms are important to bioremediation, metal corrosion, and biofuel production, respectively. Ultimately, a driving question is to understand the relationships between structure and function at different scales of biology, and we use a model sulfate-reducing bacterium (Desulfovibrio) to understand ecological and physiological responses. An improved understanding of structure/function relationships will allow predictive modeling and design for a variety of natural and engineered systems. Matthew is the lead on the MicroParticle Mesogenomics Campaign.

Hazen, Terry

Hazen TerryUniversity of Tennessee
Director, Environmental Microbiology
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(707) 631-6763

Terry Hazen, the Environmental Component Director, has a background in environmental microbiology, especially as it relates to bioremediation and bacterial stress. Terry maintains close collaboration with the executive and project leads in administration, management and operations of the project with a particular focus on accomplishing the goals and deliverables. Terry’s work anchors several of ENIGMA’s ongoing campaigns; He supervises field activities for the overall SFA.

Northen, Trent

Trent NorthernLawrence Berkeley National Lab
Life Sciences
Director, Biotechnology Development
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(510) 486-5240


Trent Northen’s research is focused on understanding how microbial communities are structured by the biopolymers and metabolites in their environment and the dynamic and reciprocal processes by which they transform these pools. Central to these efforts are the development and applications of mass spectrometry approaches to characterize both temporal and spatial metabolic processes. As the Biotechnology Component Director he coordinates the development of next-generation experimental approaches to decipher microbial community interactions, community structure, metabolism, gene functions and regulation. He ensures the teams can meet project goals, encourages integration and collaboration between groups.