Vanessa Lynn Brisson

Postdoctoral Researcher
Biosciences and Biotechnology Division
Phone: +19254237879


PhD., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

MS, Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

BS, Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University


I am interested in environmental microbiology and microbial ecology.  My research focuses on microorganisms and microbial communities involved in bioenergy and bioremediation applications.  I use metabolomics and sequencing based approaches to investigate host microbial community recruitment, community dynamics, and metabolite exchange in algal-bacterial and plant fungal-bacterial interactions. 


Brisson, V., Schmidt, J., Northen, T., Vogel, J., and Gaudin, A. 2019. A New Method to Correct for Habitat Filtering in Microbial Correlation Networks. Frontiers in Microbiology 10, 585.

Brisson, V., Zhuang, W., and Alvarez-Cohen, L. 2016. Bioleaching of Rare Earth Elements from Monazite Sand. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 113 (2), 339-348.

Zhuang, W., Yi, S., Bill, M., Brisson, V., Feng, X., Men, Y., Conrad, M., Tang, Y., and Alvarez-Cohen, L. 2014. Incomplete Wood-Ljungdahl Pathway Facilitates One Carbon Metabolism in Organohalide-Respiring Dehalococcoides mccartyi. Procedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 111 (17), 6419-6424.

Brisson, V., West, K., Lee, P., Tringe, S., Brodie, E., and Alvarez-Cohen, L. 2012. Metagenomic Analysis of a Stable Trichloroethene-Degrading Microbial Community. The ISME Journal 6 (9), 1702-1714.

Brisson, V. and Tilton, R. 2002. Self-Assembly and Two-Dimensional Patterning of Cell Arrays by Electrophoretic Deposition. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 77 (3), 290-295.