Hilary earned his B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, majoring in Biochemistry. During his undergraduate studies, he began his research in marine environmental microbiology, with emphasis on microbial diversity in oxygen minimum zones. He pursued and completed his M.Sc. in Microbiology & Immunology at UBC. During Hilary’s M.Sc. degree, he conducted research on the microbial communities which catabolise recalcitrant carbon in timber harvested forest soils, using stable-isotope probing and genomics. Hilary initially managed MBI’s laboratory operations for 2 years, since the inception of the company. He relocated to St. Louis (USA), where he was employed in the Department of Pediatrics in Washington University as a Staff Scientist. He rejoined the Microbiome Insights team in 2017 to resume his duties overseeing lab operations. Hilary has authored and co-authored papers in journals including International Society of Microbiology, Frontiers in Microbiology, Nature Scientific Data, and Environmental Microbiology, and has co-authored a book chapter in Methods in Enzymology.