International Scientific Advisory

Dr. Hoi-Ying Holman

Hoi-Ying Holman is a Chemical Ecology Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), University of California at Berkeley. She is also a Director of the Berkeley Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology Program at the Advanced Light Source, an investigator at the Virtual Institute for Microbial Stress and Survival and at the Center for Environmental Biotechnology. She was awarded the 2010 David A. Shirley Award for her pioneering work in using synchrotron infrared to characterize chemical reactions and function in living microorganisms in vivo. Her novel approach ( enables alternate ways to study the enormous yet untapped natural microbial world and to design new ways to effectively manipulate them for societal and environmental benefits. Holman received her Ph.D. (1986) from the University of California at Berkeley in Environmental Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, was a postdoctoral fellow under the University of California Toxic Substance Research and Training Program (1986-1989) before becoming a scientist/engineer at LBNL. She established LBNL's Environmental Measurement Laboratory in 1990, and from 1990-1994 served as its Director. Her research interests focus on developing new technologies that draw from multiple scientific areas (chemistry, physics, biology, ecology, engineering, earth sciences and medicine) to meet the challenges in environmental sustainability, renewable energy, and ecologically acceptable land use.