Benoit Van Aken

Faculty Fellow, PEREC

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Plant molecular biology, molecular markers for pathogen detection

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  • An ecological study of Hunting Creek: Pathogen detection & microbial source tracking
  • Epigenetic regulation in Arabidopsis plants exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls
  • Effects of environmental contaminants on the lignocellulosic biomass in switchgrass plants
[separator headline=”h4″ title=”Contact”] [mini-icon icon=”envelope”] Email: bvanaken@gmu.edu

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Subramanian S, Schnoor JL, Van Aken B (2017). Effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and their hydroxylated metabolites (OH-PCBs) on Arabidopsis thaliana. Environ Sci Technol. DOI 10.1021/acs.est.7b01538.

Bhalla R, Tehrani R, Van Aken B (2016). Toxicity of hydroxylated polychlorinated biphenyls (HO-PCBs) using the bioluminescent assay Microtox®. Ecotoxicology. 25:1438-1444.

Louis A, Yu H, Shumlas S, Van Aken B, Schoonen M, Strongin D (2015). Effect of phospholipid on pyrite oxidation and microbial communities under simulated acid mine drainage (AMD) Conditions. Environ Sci Technol. 49:7701-7708.

Van Aken B (2015). Gene expression changes in plants and microorganisms exposed to nanomaterials. Curr Op Biotechnol. 33:206-219.

Kaveh R, Li Y-S, Ranjbar S, Tehrani R, Brueck CL, Van Aken B (2013). Changes in Arabidopsis thaliana gene expression in response to silver nanoparticles and silver ions. Environ Sci Technol. 47, 10637-10644.

Tehrani R, Lyv M, Van Aken B (2013) Transformation of hydroxylated derivatives of 2,5-dichlorobiphenyl and 2,4,6-trichlorobiphenyl by Burkholderia xenovorans LB400. J Environ Sci Pollu Res. 21:6346-53.

Boufadel MC, Sharifi Y, Van Aken B, Wrenn BA, Lee K (2010). Nutrient and oxygen concentrations within the sediments of an Alaskan beach polluted with the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Environ Sci Technol. 44:7418-7424.

Van Aken B, Correa PA, Schnoor JL (2010). Phytoremediation of polychlorinated biphenyls: New trends and promises. Environ Sci Technol. 44:2767-2776.

Van Aken B (2009). Transgenic plants for the enhanced phytoremediation of explosives. Curr Opin Biotechnol. 20:1-6.

Brentner LB, Mukherji ST, Merchie KM, Yoon JM, Schnoor JL, Van Aken B (2008). Expression of glutathione S-transferases in poplar trees (Populus trichocarpa) exposed to 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT). Chemosphere. 73:657-662.

Van Aken B (2008). Transgenic Plants for Phytoremediation: Helping Nature to Clean-Up Pollution. Tr Biotechnol. 26:225-227.

Van Aken B, Peres CM, Lafferty-Doty S, Moon Yoon J, Schnoor JL (2004). Methylobacterium populi sp. nov.: A novel aerobic, pink-pigmented, facultatively methylotrophic, methane-utilizing bacterium isolated from poplar trees (Populus deltoides ´ nigra DN34). Int J Sys Evol Microbiol. 54:1191-1196.

 

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Subramanian S, Schnoor JL, Van Aken B (2017). Effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and their hydroxylated metabolites (OH-PCBs) on Arabidopsis thaliana. Environ Sci Technol. DOI 10.1021/acs.est.7b01538.

Bhalla R, Tehrani R, Van Aken B (2016). Toxicity of hydroxylated polychlorinated biphenyls (HO-PCBs) using the bioluminescent assay Microtox®. Ecotoxicology. 25:1438-1444.

Louis A, Yu H, Shumlas S, Van Aken B, Schoonen M, Strongin D (2015). Effect of phospholipid on pyrite oxidation and microbial communities under simulated acid mine drainage (AMD) Conditions. Environ Sci Technol. 49:7701-7708.

Van Aken B (2015). Gene expression changes in plants and microorganisms exposed to nanomaterials. Curr Op Biotechnol. 33:206-219.

Van Aken B, Quaranta JD, Mack B, Ducatman AM, Ziemkiewicz PF (2014). Environmental contaminants in coal slurry intended to underground injection in the state of West Virginia. J Environ Eng. 141: 05014004-1-12.

Quaranta JD, Mack B, Van Aken B, Ducatman AM, Ziemkiewicz PF (2014). Practical application of dilution analysis for estimating groundwater quality effects due to coal slurry injection into underground mine voids. Mine Wat Environ. 33:353-361.

Kaveh R, Li Y-S, Ranjbar S, Tehrani R, Brueck CL, Van Aken B (2013). Changes in Arabidopsis thaliana gene expression in response to silver nanoparticles and silver ions. Environ Sci Technol. 47, 10637-10644.

Tehrani R, Lyv M, Van Aken B (2013) Transformation of hydroxylated derivatives of 2,5-dichlorobiphenyl and 2,4,6-trichlorobiphenyl by Burkholderia xenovorans LB400. J Environ Sci Pollu Res. 21:6346-53.

Tehrani R, Van Aken B (2013). Hydroxylated polychlorinated biphenyls in the environment: source, fate, and toxicities. J Environ Sci Pollu Res. 21:6334-45.

Tehrani R, Lyv MM, Kaveh R, Schnoor JL, Van Aken B (2012). Biodegradation of mono-hydroxylated PCBs by Burkholderia xenovorans LB400. Biotechnol Lett. 34:2247–2252.

Van Aken B, Tehrani R, Kaveh R (2012). Uptake and metabolism of pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminants by plants. In Phytotechnologies: Remediation of Environmental Contaminants, Naser AA, Pereira ME, Ahmad I, Duarte AC, Umar S, Khan NA (Eds.), CRC Press, Boca Raton. pp 541-570. ISBN 978-1-4398-7518-6.

Van Aken B, Tehrani R, Schnoor JL (2011). Endophyte-assisted phytoremediation of explosives in poplar trees by Methylobacterium populi BJ001T. In Endophytes in Forest Trees, Pirttilä AM, Frank CA (Eds.), Chapter 14. Springer, pp 217-234. ISBN 978-94-007-1598-1.

Van Aken B, Lin L (2011). Effect of disinfection processes on DNA: Implication for the dispersion of antimicrobial resistance. Wat Sci Technol. 46:1226-1232.

Van Aken B (2011). Phytoremediation of the pesticides mirex and chlordecone. Les Cahiers du PRAM (Pole de Recherche Agro-Environmentale de la Martinique) 9-10:54-59.

Van Aken B, Bhalla R (2011). Microbial degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls. In Comprehensive Biotechnology, Moo-Young M, Butler M, Webb C, Moreira A, Grodzinski B, Cui ZF, Agathos S (Eds.), 2nd Edition, Volume 6, Chapter 378. Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-444-53352-4.

Van Aken B (2011). Transgenic plants and associated bacteria for phytoremediation of organic pollutants. In Comprehensive Biotechnology, Moo-Young M, Butler M, Webb C, Moreira A, Grodzinski B, Cui ZF, Agathos S (Eds.), 2nd Edition, Volume 6, Chapter 330. Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-444-53352-4.

Sharifi Y, Van Aken B, Boufadel MC (2010). Effect of nutrient and oxygen variation on the bioremediation of oil in the Prince William Sound beaches after the Exxon Valdez spill. Water Qual Expo Health. 2:157-168.

Boufadel MC, Sharifi Y, Van Aken B, Wrenn BA, Lee K (2010). Nutrient and oxygen concentrations within the sediments of an Alaskan beach polluted with the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Environ Sci Technol. 44:7418-7424.

Van Aken B, Geiger SC (2010). Phytoremediation of chlorinated solvents. In In situ Remediation of Chlorinated Solvent Plumes, Chapter 19. Springer, New York. pp 631-678.

Van Aken B, Correa PA, Schnoor JL (2010). Phytoremediation of polychlorinated biphenyls: New trends and promises. Environ Sci Technol. 44:2767-2776.

Correa PA, Lin L., Just CL, Hu D, Hornbuckle KC, Schnoor JL, Van Aken B (2010). The effects of individual PCB congeners on the soil bacterial community structure and the abundance of biphenyl dioxygenase genes. Environ Int. 36:901-906.

Van Aken B, Doty SL (2009). Transgenic plants and associated bacteria for phytoremediation of chlorinated compounds. Biotechnol Genetic Eng Rev. 26:43-64.

Van Aken B (2009). Transgenic plants for the enhanced phytoremediation of explosives. Curr Opin Biotechnol. 20:1-6.

Brentner LB, Mukherji ST, Merchie KM, Yoon JM, Schnoor JL, Van Aken B (2008). Expression of glutathione S-transferases in poplar trees (Populus trichocarpa) exposed to 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT). Chemosphere. 73:657-662.

Cunningham JH, Cunningham C, Van Aken B, Lin L (2008). Flow cytometry-based disinfection kinetics and minimum inhibitory concentration determination on bacterial cultures. Wat Sci Technol. 58:937-944.

Van Aken B (2008). Transgenic Plants for Phytoremediation: Helping Nature to Clean-Up Pollution. Tr Biotechnol. 26:225-227.

Vanhulle S, Trovaslet M, Enaud E, Lucas M, Taghavi S, Van Der Lelie D, Van Aken B, Foret M, Onderwater RCA, Wesenberg D, Agathos SN, Schneider YJ, Corbisier AM (2008). Decolorization, cytotoxicity, and genotoxicity reduction during a combined ozonation/fungal treatment of dye-contaminated wastewater. Environ Sci Technol 42:584-589.

Flokstra BR, Van Aken B, Schnoor JL (2008). Microtox® toxicity test: Detoxification of TNT and RDX contaminated solutions by poplar tissue cultures. Chemosphere. 71:1970-1976.

Tanaka S, Brentner LB, Merchie KM, Yoon JM, Schnoor JL, Van Aken B (2007). Analysis of gene expression in poplar trees exposed to the toxic explosive hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX). Int J Phytorem. 9:15-30.

Yoon JM, Van Aken B, Schnoor JL (2006). Leaching of contaminated leaves following uptake and phytoremediation of RDX, HMX, and TNT by poplar. Int J Phytorem. 8: 81-94.

Doty SL, Dosher MR, Singleton GL, Moore AL, Van Aken B, Stettler RF, Strand SE, Gordon MP (2005). Identification of an endophytic Rhizobium in stems of Populus. Symbiosis. 39: 27-35.

Mezzari MP, Van Aken B, Yoon JM, Just CL, Schnoor JL (2004). Mathematical modeling of RDX and HMX metabolism in poplar (Populus deltoides × Populus nigra, DN34) tissue culture. Int J Phytorem. 6: 323-345.

Van Aken B, Moon Yoon J, Just CL, Schnoor JL (2004). Metabolism and mineralization of hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) inside poplar tissues (Populus deltoides × nigra DN34). Environ Sci Technol. 38:4572-4579.

Van Aken B, Peres CM, Lafferty-Doty S, Moon Yoon J, Schnoor JL (2004). Methylobacterium populi sp. nov.: A novel aerobic, pink-pigmented, facultatively methylotrophic, methane-utilizing bacterium isolated from poplar trees (Populus deltoides ´ nigra DN34). Int J Sys Evol Microbiol. 54:1191-1196.

Van Aken B, Moon Yoon, Schnoor JL (2004). Biodegradation of Nitro-Substituted Explosives TNT, RDX, and HMX by a Phytosymbiotic Methylobacterium sp. Associated with Populus (Populus deltoides × nigra DN34). Appl Environ Microbiol. 70:508-517.

Van Aken B, Schnoor, JL (2004). Methods and composition for degradation of nitroaromatic and nitramine pollutants. International Patent PCT/US2004/020071.

Van Aken B, Schnoor JL (2002). Evidence of perchlorate (ClO4) reduction in plant tissues (Poplar tree) using radio-labeled 36ClO4. Environ Sci Technol. 36:2783-2788.

Van Aken B, Agathos SN (2002) Transformation of nitroaromatic compounds by manganese(III) in the presence of oxalate and oxygen. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 58:345-351.

Stahl JD, Van Aken B, Cameron MD, Aust SD (2001). Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) biodegradation in liquid and solid-state matrices by Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Bioremediation. J 5:13-25.

Van Aken B, Agathos SN (2001). Biodegradation of nitro-substituted explosives by white-rot fungi: A mechanistical approach. Adv Appl Microbiol. 48:1-70.

Van Aken B, Cameron MD, Stahl JD, Plumat A, Naveau H, Aust SD, Agathos SN (2000). Glutathione-mediated mineralization of 14C-labeled 2-amino-4,6-dinitrotoluene by manganese-dependent peroxidase H5 from the white-rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 54:659-664.

Van Aken B, Stahl JD, Naveau H, Agathos SN, Aust SD (2000). Transformation of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) reduction products by lignin peroxidase (H8) from the white-rot basidiomycete Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Bioremediation J. 4:135-145.

Van Aken B, Ledent P, Naveau, H, Agathos SN (2000). Co-immobilization of manganese-dependent peroxidase from Phlebia radiata and glucose oxidase from Aspergillus niger on porous silica beads. Biotechnol Lett. 22:641-646.

Van Aken B, Godefroid LM, Peres CM, Naveau H, Agathos SN (1999). Mineralization of 14C-U-ring labeled 4-hydroxylamino-2,6-dinitrotoluene by manganese-dependent peroxidase of the white-rot basidiomycete Phlebia radiata. J Biotechnol. 68:159-169.

Van Aken B, Hofrichter M, Scheibner K, Hatakka AI, Naveau H, Agathos SN (1999). Transformation and mineralization of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) by manganese peroxidase from the white-rot basidiomycete Phlebia radiata. Biodegradation. 10:83-91.

Peres CM, Van Aken B, Naveau H, Agathos SN (1999). Continuous degradation of mixtures of 4-nitrobenzoate and 4-aminobenzoate by immobilized cells of Bukholderia cepacia strain PB4. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 52:440-450.

Van Aken B, Skubisz K, Naveau H, Agathos SN (1997). Biodegradation of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) by the white-rot basidiomycete Phlebia radiata. Biotechnol Lett. 19:813-817.

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