Delina Lyon Environmental Microbial Genomics Group

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  Delina Lyon  
  Delina Lyon

Environmental Microbial Genomics Group
Laboratoire Ampère, UMR CNRS 5005
Ecole Centrale de Lyon
Université de Lyon
36 avenue Guy de Collongue
69134 Ecully cedex
  Phone: (33) 4 72 18 61 18
Fax: (33) 4 78 43 37 17


Explains our molecular biology approach to site remediation


- Post-Doctorate, Environmental Microbial Genomics, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, University of Lyon
- Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA, received 2007
- M.S. Microbiology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA, received 2002
- B.S. Biology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, Maryland, USA, received 1998


-          Microbial Fuel Cells

-          Lightning-mediated gene transfer in soil



Lyon, D. Y., Pivetal, J., Blanchard, L. and Vogel, T. M. 2010. Bioremediation via
In Situ Electrotransformation, Bioremediation Journal, 14: 2, 109-119

Lyon, D., Buret, F., Vogel, TM, Monier JM. 2010. Is resistance futile? Changing external resistance does not improve microbial fuel cell performance, Bioelectrochemistry. 78: 2-7.

Lyon, D. Y., Monier, J-M.,  Dupraz, S., Freissinet, C., Simonet, P., and Vogel, T.M. 2010. Integrity and biological activity of DNA after UV exposure. Astrobiology, In press.

Lyon, D.Y., L. Brunet, G.W. Hinkal, M.R. Wiesner, & P.J.J. Alvarez. “Antibacterial Activity of  Fullerene Water Suspension (nC60) Is Not Due to ROS-Mediated Damage” Nano Lett. submitted (2007)

Lyon, D.Y., D. Brown, E.R. Sundstrom, & P.J.J. Alvarez. “Assessing a Fullerene Water Suspension as an Antibiofouling Surface Treatment” Int. Biodeterior. Biodeg. submitted (2007)

Lupa, B., D. Lyon, L.N. Shaw, M. Sieprawska-Lupa, & J. Wiegel. “Properties of the reversible non-oxidative vanillate/4-hydroxybenzoate decarboxylase from Bacillus subtilisCan. J. Microbiol. submitted (2007)

Lyon, D.Y., D.A. Brown, & P.J.J. Alvarez. “Implications and Potential Applications of Bactericidal Fullerene Water Suspensions: Effect of nC60 Concentration, Exposure Conditions and Shelf Life” Water Sci. Technol. submitted (2007).

Fang, J., D.Y. Lyon, M.R. Wiesner, J. Dong, & P.J.J. Alvarez. “Effect of a Fullerene Water Suspension on Bacterial Phospholipids and Membrane Phase Behavior” Environ. Sci. Technol. 41, 2636-2642 (2007).

Lyon, D.Y., A. Thill, J. Rose, & P.J.J. Alvarez (2007).Ecotoxicological Impacts of Nanomaterials” in: Environmental Nanotechnology. M. Wiesner and J-Y. Bottero (eds.). McGraw Hill.

Adams, L.K., D.Y. Lyon, & P.J.J. Alvarez. “Comparative eco-toxicity of nanoscale TiO2, SiO2, and ZnO water suspensions” Water Res. 40, 3527-3532 (2006).

Lyon, D.Y., L.K. Adams, J.C. Falkner, & P.J. Alvarez. “Antibacterial activity of fullerene water suspensions: effects of preparation method and particle size” Environ. Sci. Technol. 40, 4360-4366 (2006).

Lyon, D.Y., J.D. Fortner, C.M. Sayes, V.L. Colvin, & J.B. Hughes. “Bacterial cell association and antimicrobial activity of a C60 water suspension” Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 24, 2757-2762 (2005).

Fortner, J.D., D.Y. Lyon, C.M. Sayes, A.M. Boyd, J.C. Falkner, E.M. Hotze, L.B. Alemany, Y.J. Tao, W. Guo, K.D. Ausman, V.L. Colvin, & J.B. Hughes. “C60 in Water:  Nanocrystal Formation and Microbial Response”  Environ. Sci. Technol. 39 (11): 4307-4316 (2005).

Lupa, B., D. Lyon, M.D. Gibbs, R.A. Reeves, & J. Wiegel. “Distribution of genes encoding the microbial non-oxidative reversible hydroxyarylic acid decarboxylases/phenol carboxylases” Genomics 86, 342-351 (2005).

Adamson, D.T., D.Y. Lyon, & J.B. Hughes. “Flux and Product Distribution during Biological Treatment of Tetrachloroethene Dense Non-Aqueous-Phase Liquid” Environ. Sci. Technol. 38(7): 2021-2028 (2004).

Sayes, C.M., J.D. Fortner, W. Guo, D. Lyon, A.M. Boyd, K.D. Ausman, Y.J. Tao, B. Sitharaman, L.J. Wilson, J.B Hughes, J.L. West, & V.L. Colvin. “The Differential Cytotoxicity of Water-Soluble Fullerenes”  Nano Lett. 4(10): 1881-1887 (2004).

Wang, C., D.Y. Lyon, J.B. Hughes, & G.N. Bennett. “Role of Hydroxylamine Intermediates in the Phytotransformation of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene by Myriophyllum aquaticum”   Environ. Sci. Technol. 37(16): 3595-3600 (2003).  

Seyfreid, M., D. Lyon, F.A. Rainey, & J. Wiegel. “Caloramator viterbensis sp.nov., a novel thermophilic glycerol-fermenting bacterium isolated from a hot spring in Italy”  Int. J. System. Evol. Microbiol. 52 (Pt 4):1177-84 (2002).


In Preparation:


 “Antibacterial Activity of Fullerene Water Suspensions” Delina Lyon & Pedro Alvarez - poster  presented at the 2006 EPA Fellows Conference Poster Session, Washington, DC - Sept 2006

“TNT Mineralization during a Two-Stage Anaerobic-Aerobic Process”  Delina Y. Lyon, David T. Adamson, and Joseph B. Hughes – poster presented at the International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, ISME, Cancun, Mexico - August 2004 

“C60 Aqueous Suspensions: Characterization and Biological Impact” John D. Fortner, Delina Y. Lyon, Christie Sayes, Kevin Ausman, Vicki Colvin, and Joseph B. Hughes – poster presented at the Nanodays Conference, Rice University, Houston, Texas – August 2003


“How a fullerene water suspension kills bacteria: an exploration of three possible mechanisms” Delina Lyon & Pedro Alvarez - oral presentation at the 234th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA - Aug. 19-23, 2007.

“Nanotoxicology Initiatives in the US: the fullerene example” - video presentation at the Symposium on Nanotechnology and Toxicology in Environment and Health, Liepzig, Germany - March 2007

 “Fullerene Water Suspensions Display Antibacterial Activity” Delina Lyon & Pedro Alvarez - oral presentation at the 230th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, DC - Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2005

“Impact of a C60 Water Suspension on Bacteria” Delina Lyon, John Fortner, Joseph Hughes, and Pedro Alvarez - oral presentation at Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico - May 2005

“Impact of a C60 Water Suspension on Bacteria” Delina Lyon, John Fortner, Joseph Hughes, and Pedro Alvarez - oral presentation at the 229th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA - March 13-17, 2005

“Hydroxy-Arylic Acid Decarboxylases- A Proposed Novel Enzyme Family”  Delina Lyon and Juergen Wiegel - presented at 102nd American Society of Microbiology General Meeting, Chicago, IL - May 2002


Position, Location

Time Frame


Doctoral Research, Rice University

August 2004 - present

environmental impact of nanomaterials

Research Technician, Rice University

July 2002 - August 2004

PCE degradation, TNT degradation,
environmental impact of fullerenes

Visiting Scientist, Dupont R&D, Wilmington, DE

September 2000

Molecular techniques (differential display) to isolate the genes

Master’s Research, University of Georgia

Aug 1998 to June 2002

Molecular and microbiological techniques to clone and purify proteins

Honor’s Thesis Research, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

August 1996 - May 1998

Scanning electron microscopy to observe bacteria on copepods

Summer Systematics Institute, California Academy of Sciences

Summer 1997

Light and scanning electron microscopy to characterize and classify diatoms


  • EPA STAR fellow - August 2005 to present
  • Received award for graduate student with highest GPA in Environmental Engineering - May 2005
  • Awarded University-wide Fellowship at the University of Georgia - 1998-2001
  • Awarded NSF Research Training Grant Assistantship - 1998-2000
  • Elected officer of the Microbiology Graduate Student Association - 1998-1999