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Person Details: Gerben J. Zylstra

Superfund Research Program

Gerben J. Zylstra

Rutgers University
Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment
Cook College
316 Foran Hall, 59 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-8520
Phone: 732-932-8165 x320
Fax: 732-932-0312


Hazardous Waste Sites

Diamond Alkali Co.

  • Michigan State University: Molecular Insight into Dioxin Degradation by Microbes and Microbial Communities

Tittabawassee River, Saginaw River and Bay

  • Michigan State University: Molecular Insight into Dioxin Degradation by Microbes and Microbial Communities



  • Ivanovski I, Zylstra GJ. 2023. Genetic and functional characterization of a salicylate 1-monooxygenase located on an integrative and conjugative element (ICE) in pseudomonas stutzeri AJR13. Journal of Microbiology 61(12):1025-1032. doi:10.1007/s12275-023-00093-x PMID:38100000


  • Almnehlawi HS, Zylstra GJ, Dean RK, Capozzi SL, Rodenburg LA, Fennell DE. 2021. Agromyces and Arthrobacter isolates from surficial sediments of the Passaic River degrade dibenzofuran, dibenzo-p-dioxin and 2-monochlorodibenzo-p-dioxin. Bioremediat J 21:doi:10.1080/10889868.2021.1892027
  • Mutter TY, Zylstra GJ. 2021. Differential roles of three different upper pathway meta ring cleavage product hydrolases in the degradation of dibenzo-p-dioxin and dibenzofuran by Sphingomonas wittichii strain RW1. Appl Environ Microbiol 87:doi:10.1128/AEM.01067-21 PMID:34469199 PMCID:PMC8552877
  • Mutter TY, Zylstra GJ. 2021. Separate upper pathway ring cleavage dioxygenases are required for growth of Sphingomonas wittichii strain RW1 on dibenzofuran and dibenzo-p-dioxin. Appl Environ Microbiol 87:doi:10.1128/AEM.02464-20 PMID:33741618


  • Chai B, Tsoi TV, Sallach JB, Liu C, Landgraf J, Bezdek M, Zylstra GJ, Li H, Johnston CT, Teppen BJ, Cole JR, Boyd SA, Tiedje JM. 2020. Bioavailability of clay-adsorbed dioxin to Sphingomonas wittichii RW1 and its associated genome-wide shifts in gene expression. Sci Total Environ 712:135525. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135525 PMID:32050392


  • Ahn E, Choi KY, Kang BS, Zylstra GJ, Kim D, Kim E. 2017. Salicylate degradation by a cold-adapted Pseudomonas sp. Ann Microbiol 67(6):417-424.
  • Stedtfeld RD, Stedtfeld TM, Waseem H, Fitschen-Brown M, Guo X, Chai B, Williams MR, Shook T, Logan A, Graham A, Chae J, Sul WJ, VanHouten J, Cole JR, Zylstra GJ, Tiedje JM, Upham BL, Hashsham SA. 2017. Isothermal assay targeting class 1 integrase gene for environmental surveillance of antibiotic resistance markers. J Environ Manage 198:213-220. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.04.079 PMID:28460328


  • Chai B, Tsoi TV, Iwai S, Liu C, Fish JA, Gu C, Johnson TA, Zylstra GJ, Teppen BJ, Li H, Hashsham SA, Boyd SA, Cole JR, Tiedje JM. 2016. Sphingomonas wittichii strain RW1 genome-wide gene expression shifts in response to dioxins and clay. PLoS One 11(6):e0157008. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157008 PMID:27309357 PMCID:PMC4911050





  • Kim D, Yoo M, Choi KY, Kang BS, Kim TK, Hong SG, Zylstra GJ, Kim E. 2011. Differential degradation of bicyclics with aromatic and alicyclic rings by Rhodococcus sp strain DK17. Appl Environ Microbiol 77:8280-8287. doi:10.1128/AEM.06359-11 PMID:21965391 PMCID:PMC3233041
  • Yoo M, Zylstra GJ, Kim D, Kang BS, Kim E. 2011. Biphenyl hydroxylation enhanced by an engineered o-xylene dioxygenase from Rhodococcus sp strain DK17. Res Microbiol 162:724-728. doi:10.1016/j.resmic.2011.04.013 PMID:21575716


  • Chang H, Zylstra GJ. 2010. Xanthomonads. In: Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology. Springer Verlag GmbH, Heidelberg, Germany. pp.1805-1811.
  • Ni Chadhain SM, Zylstra GJ. 2010. Functional Gene Diversity, Biogeography, and Dynamics. In: Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology. Springer Verlag GmbH, Heidelberg, Germany. pp.2413-2422.


  • Schuler L, Jouanneau Y, Ni Chadhain SM, Meyer C, Pouli M, Zylstra GJ, Hols P, Agathos SN. 2009. Characterization of a ring-hydroxylating dioxygenase from phenanthrene-degrading Sphingomonas sp strain LH128 able to oxidize benz[a]anthracene. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 83(3):465-475. doi:10.1007/s00253-009-1858-2 PMID:19172265
  • Sul WJ, Park J, Quensen JF, Rodrigues JM, Seliger L, Tsoi TV, Zylstra GJ, Tiedje JM. 2009. DNA-stable isotope probing integrated with metagenomics for retrieval of biphenyl dioxygenase genes from polychlorinated biphenyl-contaminated river sediment. Appl Environ Microbiol 75(17):5501-5506. doi:10.1128/AEM.00121-09 PMID:19648381 PMCID:PMC2737913


  • Schuler L, Ni Chadhain SM, Jouanneau Y, Meyer C, Zylstra GJ, Hols P, Agathos SN. 2008. Characterization of a novel angular dioxygenase from fluorene-degrading Sphingomonas sp strain LB126. Appl Environ Microbiol 74(4):1050-1057. doi:10.1128/AEM.01627-07 PMID:18156320 PMCID:PMC2258591


  • Rhine ED, Ni Chadhain SM, Zylstra GJ, Young LY. 2007. The arsenite oxidase genes (aroAB) in novel chemoautotrophic arsenite oxidizers. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 354(3):662-667. doi:10.1016/j.bbrc.2007.01.004 PMID:17257587


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