Jean VanderGheynst, Ph.D

UC Davis Biological and Agricultural Engineering BAE Faculty Jean VanderGheynst

Position Title

  • Biological and Agricultural Engineering


Dr. VanderGheynst’s research addresses problems that involve the transformation, decomposition and conversion of plant biomass to products. Plants include dedicated crops and algae, food processing residues and urban and agricultural wastes.

Selected Publications

Liu P-F, Wang Y, Ulrich RG, Simmons CW, VanderGheynst JS, Gallo RL, Huang C-M. 2018. Leaf-encapsulated vaccines: Agroinfiltration and transient expression of the antigen Staphylococcal Endotoxin B in radish leaves. Journal of Immunology Research (in press).

Fernández-Bayo JD, Randall TE, Harrold DR, Achmon Y, Hestmark KV, Su J, Dahlquist-Willard RM, Gordon TR, Stapleton JJ, VanderGheynst JS, Simmons, CW. 2018. Effect of waste management practices on organic wastes to inactivate Brassica nigra and Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. lactucae using soil biosolarization. Pest Management Science (in press).

Higgins BT, Gennity I, Fitzgerald P, Ceballos SC, Fiehn O, VanderGheynst JS. 2018. Algal-bacterial synergy in treatment of winery wastewater. npj Clean Water (in press).

Ceballos SJ, Wu C, Claypool J, Singer S, Simmons B, Thelen M, Simmons CW, VanderGheynst JS. 2017. Development and characterization of a thermophilic, lignin degrading microbiota. Process Biochemistry 63: 193-203.

Fernández-Bayo, JD, Achmon Y, Harrold DR, Claypool JT, Simmons BA, Singer SW, Dahlquist-Willard RM, Stapleton JJ, VanderGheynst JS, Simmons CW. 2017. Comparison of soil biosolarization with mesophilic and thermophilic solid digestates on soil microbial quantity and diversity. Applied Soil Ecology 119: 183-191.

Fernández-Bayo JD, Achmon Y, Harrold DR, McCurry DG, Hernandez K, Dahlquist-Willard RM, Stapleton JJ, VanderGheynst JS, Simmon CW. 2017. Assessment of two solid anaerobic digestate soil amendments for effects on soil quality and biosolarization efficacy.  Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 65: 3434-3442

Yu C, Harrold DR, Claypool JT, Simmons BA, Singer SW, Simmons CW, VanderGheynst JS. 2017. Nitrogen amendment of green waste impacts microbial community, enzyme secretion and potential for lignocellulose decomposition. Process Biochemistry 52:214-222.

Oldfield TL, Achmon Y, Perano KM, Dahlquist-Willard RM, VanderGheynst JS, Stapleton JJ, Simmons CW, Holden NM. 2017. A life cycle assessment of biosolarization as a valorization pathway for tomato pomace utilization in California. Journal of Cleaner Production 141:146-156.

Achmon Y, Fernández-Bayo JD, Hernandez K, McCurry DG, Harrold DR, Su J, Dahlquist-Willard RM, Stapleton JJ, VanderGheynst JS, Simmon CW. 2017. Weed seed inactivation in soil mesocosms via biosolarization with mature compost and tomato processing waste amendments. Pest Management Science.  73 (5): 862-873.

Yu C, Simmons BA, Singer SW, Thelen MP, VanderGheynst JS. 2016. Ionic liquid-tolerant microorganisms and microbial communities for lignocellulose conversion to bioproducts. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 100(24):10237-10249.

Wu Y-W, Higgins B, Yu C, Reddy AP, Ceballos S, Joh LD, Simmons BA, Singer SW, VanderGheynst JS. 2016. Ionic liquids impact the bioenergy feedstock-degrading microbiome and transcription of enzymes relevant to polysaccharide hydrolysis. mSystems 1(6).

Simmons CW, Higgins B, Staley S, Joh LD, Simmons BA, Singer SW, Stapleton JJ, VanderGheynst JS. 2016. The role of organic matter amendment level on soil heating, organic acid accumulation, and development of bacterial communities in solarized soil. Applied Soil Ecology 106:37-46.

Rezaei F, Simmons CW, Lee CM, Labavitch J, VanderGheynst JS. 2016. Dynamics in carbohydrate active enzymes and microbial communities during ensilage of food processing residues. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 32(3):439-447.

Pace S, Ceballos SJ, Harrold D, Stannard W, Simmons BA, Singer SW, Thelen MP, VanderGheynst JS. 2016. Enrichment of microbial communities tolerant to the ionic liquids tetrabutylphosphonium chloride and tributylethylphosphonium diethylphosphate. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology:1-14.

Higgins BT, Gennity I, Samra S, Kind T, Fiehn O, VanderGheynst JS. 2016. Cofactor symbiosis for enhanced algal growth, biofuel production, and wastewater treatment. Algal Research 17:308-315.

Fernández L, Higgins BT, Scher H, VanderGheynst JS. 2016. Spray application and release of microalgae from water-in-oil emulsions. Current Biotechnology (5):154-162.

Dahlquist-Willard RM, Marshall MN, Betts S, Tuell-Todd C, VanderGheynst J, Stapleton J. 2016. Development and validation of a Weibull-Arrhenius model to predict thermal inactivation of Black Mustard (Brassica nigra) seeds under fluctuating temperature regimens. Biosystems Engineering 151:350-360.

Achmon Y, Harrold DR, Claypool JT, Stapleton JJ, VanderGheynst JS, Simmons CW. 2016. Assessment of tomato and wine processing solid wastes as soil amendments for biosolarization. Waste Management 48:156-164.

Yu C, Reddy AP, Simmons CW, Simmons BA, Singer SW, VanderGheynst JS. 2015. Preservation of microbial communities enriched on lignocellulose under thermophilic and high-solid conditions. Biotechnology for Biofuels 8(206):1-13.

Tsugawa H, Cajka T, Kind T, Ma Y, Higgins B, Ikeda K, Kanazawa M, VanderGheynst J, Fiehn O, M A. 2015. MS-DIAL: Data independent MS/MS deconvolution for comprehensive metabolome analysis. Nature Methods 12:523-526.

Lee C, Zheng Y, VanderGheynst JS. 2015. Effects of pretreatment conditions and post–pretreatment washing on ethanol production from dilute acid pretreated rice straw. Biosystems Engineering 137:36-42.

Higgins BT, Nobles D, Ma Y, Wikoff W, Kind T, Fiehn O, Brand J, VanderGheynst JS. 2015. Informatics for improved algal taxonomic classification and research: A case study of UTEX 2341. Algal Research 12:545-549.

Higgins B, Labavitch JM, VanderGheynst JS. 2015. Co-culturing Chlorella minutissima with Escherichia coli can increase neutral lipid production and improve biodiesel quality. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 112(9):1801-1809.

Fernández L, Scher H, VanderGheynst JS. 2015. The role of silica nanoparticles on long-term room-temperature stabilization of water-in-oil emulsions containing microalgae. Letters in Applied Microbiology 61(6):568–572.

Fernández L, Scher H, Jeoh T, VanderGheynst J. 2015. Room-temperature storage of microalgae in water-in-oil emulsions: influence of solid particle type and concentration in the oil phase. Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering 38(12):2451-2460.

Cheng Y-S, Labavitch J, VanderGheynst JS. 2015. Organic and inorganic nitrogen impact Chlorella variabilis productivity and host quality for viral production and cell lysis. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 176(2):467-479.

Cheng Y-S, Labavitch J, VanderGheynst JS. 2015. Elevated CO2 concentration impacts cell wall polysaccharide composition of green microalgae of the Genus Chlorella. Letters in Applied Microbiology 60(1):1-7.

Changgen M, Yazdani R, Han B, Mostafid ME, Chanton J, VanderGheynst JS, Imhoff P. 2015. Performance of green waste biocovers for enhancing methane oxidation. Waste Management 39:205-215.

Additional publications can be found on her research web site.