Co-CSO and Cofounder
Dr. Bill Mohn is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology in the Life Sciences Institute at the University of British Columbia. Bill earned his B.A. from Colgate University and his Ph.D. from Michigan State. He was a Research Associate at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa prior to moving to UBC as an Assistant professor in 1993. Bill has done pioneering research on bacterial metabolism of chlorinated compounds, terpenoids and steroids. He has also been a leader in microbial ecology and development of methods to investigate highly complex microbial communities. Bill’s current research employs classical, molecular, genomic and metagenomic approaches to study (1) interactions between the host microbiome and immune system, (2) forest soil microbial ecology and (3) metabolism of lignocellulose and steroids. Bill has over 115 peer-reviewed publications and is internationally recognized for his research. He was awarded the UBC Killam Research Prize and was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Society for Microbial Ecology. Pseudomonas mohnii was named in recognition of his pioneering contributions. He has led or co-led several interdisciplinary collaborative research projects. He served on the Editorial Boards of Applied & Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology and on advisory boards for several major research initiatives. Bill teaches microbial ecophysiology and has supervised 15 postdocs, 33 graduate students and 47 undergraduate researchers.