Vanessa Brisson

Contact information

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
7000 East Avenue, L-452
Livermore, CA 94550

Building 361, Room 1637
phone: 925 423 7879


Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
B.A., Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University


I am interested in environmental microbiology and microbial ecology.  I use a combination of culture based, sequencing, and metabolomics approaches to understand the interactions within microbial communities.  My current research centers around microbial communities associated with two biofuels relevant systems: algae and switchgrass.  My goals are to investigate the role of metabolite exudation in microbial community recruitment by algae and plants, and to understand metabolite exchange and interactions within these systems.


Brisson, V., Swink, C., Kimbrel, J., Mayali, X., Samo, T., Kosina, S.M., Thelen, M., Northen, T.R. and Stuart, R.K. (2023). Dynamic Phaeodactylum tricornutum exometabolites shape surrounding bacterial communities. New Phytologist.

Brisson, V. L., Richardy, J., Kosina, S.M., Northen, T.R., Vogel, J.P., and Gaudin, A.C.M. (2022). Phosphate Availability Modulates Root Exudate Composition and Rhizosphere Microbial Community in a Teosinte and a Modern Maize Cultivar.  Phytobiomes Journal. 6, 83-94.

Brisson, V., Mayali, M., Bowen, B., Golini, A., Thelen, M. Stuart, R.K., and Northen, T.R. (2021). Identification of effector metabolites using exometabolite profiling of diverse microalgae.  mSystems. e00835-21.

Schmidt, J.E., Rodrigues, J.L.M., Brisson, V.L., Kent, A., and Gaudin, A.C.M. (2020). Impacts of Directed Evolution and Soil Management Legacy on the Maize Rhizobiome. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 145, 107794.

Brisson, V., Zhuang, W., and Alvarez-Cohen, L. (2020). Metabolomic Analysis of a Rare Earth Bioleaching Fungus Reveals Contributions of Citric and Citramalic Acids to Bioleaching Activity.  Frontiers in Microbiology. 10, 3008.

Schmidt, J.E., Kent, A.D., Brisson, V.L., and Gaudin A.C.M. (2019). Agricultural Management and Plant Selection Interactively Affect Rhizosphere Microbial Community Structure and Nitrogen Cycling. Microbiome 7 (1), 146.

Brisson, V., Schmidt, J.E., Northen, T.R., Vogel, J.P., and Gaudin, A.C.M. (2019). Impacts of Maize Domestication and Breeding on Rhizosphere Microbial Community Recruitment from a Nutrient Depleted Agricultural Soil. Scientific Reports 9 (1), 1-14

Brisson, V., Schmidt, J., Northen, T.R., Vogel, J.P., and Gaudin, A. (2019). A new Method to Corret for Habitat Filtering in Microbial Correlation Networks. Frontiers in Mirobiology 10, 585.

Brisson, V., Zhuang, W., and Alvarez-Cohen, L., (2016). Bioleaching of Rare Earth Elements from Monazite Sand. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 113, 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. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 111, 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, 1702- 1714.

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