Stephen G. Hall
|Stephen G. Hall|
|Residence||West Lafayette, IN|
The Scripps Research Institute
|Alma mater||Purdue 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.
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.
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.