Stephen G. Hall
|Stephen G. Hall|
|Residence||West Lafayette, IN|
The Scripps Research Institute
San Diego State University
|Alma mater||Grand Canyon University
|Known for||Genetic Engineering
Stephen G. Hall was born in Danbury, Connecticut in the United States and has 2 younger sisters. His parents divorced when he was around 5 years old, and his mother moved with the children to Decatur, Georgia. His mother was a schoolteacher and subsequently moved the family to rural Bethany, Kentucky, where she taught for a number of years. The family settled in Phoenix, Arizona where he attended Sunnyslope High School.
Hall served in the US Army and Army National Guard as a section chief on special weapons teams that utilized conventional weapons and unconventional weapons. He was trained in the use of chemical warfare and tactical nuclear weapons, which were in the U.S nuclear arsenal during the Cold War. Since leaving the military he has focused on bioweapons and biodefense and remains active in scientific and technical intelligence.
He completed his B.S. in Chemistry from Grand Canyon University and earned a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Molecular Biosciences  from Purdue University in 1995. He completed postdoctoral research in Molecular & Structural Biology at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in 1997.
Hall investigated the structure and function of viruses and developed structure-function relationships based on structure, genotype, and phenotype. He studied molecular mechanisms of viral pathogenesis in order to develop effective antiviral drugs and vaccines. He developed a vaccine and gene therapy technology at TSRI, which resulted in novel vaccines for a number of diseases including human respiratory syncytial virus, Hepatitis B Virus, Hepatitis C Virus, Influenza A virus subtype H1N1, SARS-CoV, West Nile Virus, Plague, Ebola virus, Anthrax and other biodefense-related pathogens. U.S. Patent 6,171,591.
After leaving TSRI, he founded several scientific research companies, which were eventually acquired. He is currently a principal in a company composed of scientists, engineers, former military special operations members and law enforcement that conducts research and develops technologies in the interest of national security and homeland defense.
Hall is divorced, raised his 3 children alone for 13 years and has a granddaughter. He is a powerlifter, strength athlete and combat sport athlete. He is an expert in combatives, Krav Maga, kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and competes as a heavyweight (6' 3", 225 lbs) in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Hall was ranked 5th in the U.S. in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in his division but suffered a neck injury during training and is not expected to compete again until early 2015.