Bill Mohn

Co-CSO and Cofounder

Dr. William (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 is a leader in microbial ecology and development of methods to investigate highly complex microbial communities, and is internationally recognized for his research.

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) bacterial metabolism of lignocellulose and steroids. He was awarded the UBC Killam Research Prize and the Canadian Society of Microbiologists Murray Award for career achievement. He was elected to both The American Academy of Microbiology and the Board of Directors of the International Society for Microbial Ecology. Pseudomonas mohnii was named in recognition of his pioneering contributions.

Bill has over 130 peer-reviewed publications and 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. Currently, he chairs the Advisory Board to the Microbiomes in Transition (MinT) program at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

Bill teaches microbial ecophysiology and has supervised 15 postdocs, 33 graduate students and 47 undergraduate researchers.

Examples of recent publications

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Cait A, Hughes MR, Antignano F, Cait J, Dimitriu PA, Maas KR, Reynolds LA, Hacker L, Mohr J, Finlay BB, Zaph C, McNagny KM, Mohn WW. 2017. Microbiome-driven allergic lung inflammation is ameliorated by short chain fatty acids. Mucosal Immunology, advance on line doi: 10.1038/mi.2017.75

Cardenas E, Orellana LH, Konstantinidis KT, Mohn WW. 2018. Effects of timber harvesting on the genetic potential for carbon and nitrogen cycling in five North American forest ecozones. Scientific Reports, advance on line, doi:10.1038/s41598-018-21197-0

Holert J, Cardenas E, Bergstrand L, Zaikova E, Hahn A, Hallam SJ, Mohn WW. 2018. Metagenomes reveal global distribution of bacterial steroid catabolism in natural, engineered and host environments. mBio 9:e02345-17

Sze MA, Dimitriu PA, Suzuki M, McDonough JE, Campbell JD, Brothers JF, Erb-Downward JR, Huffnagle GB, Hayashi S, Elliott WM, Cooper J, Sin DD, Lenburg ME, Spira A, Mohn WW, Hogg JC. 2015. The Host Response to the Lung Microbiota in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 192(4):438-445

Wilhelm RC, Singh R, Eltis LD, Mohn WW. Bacterial contributions to delignification and lignocellulose degradation in forest soils with metagenomic and quantitative stable isotope probing. ISME J. 2018 (in press).