Beller, Harry

TitleGeological Senior Scientist
InstitutionLawrence Berkeley National Lab
DepartmentClimate & Ecosystems
Address1 Cyclotron Road
Berkeley CA 94720
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    1. Beller H, Rodrigues AV, Zargar K, Wu YW, Saini AK, Saville RM, Pereira JH, Adams PD, Tringe SG, Petzold CJ, Keasling JD. Discovery of enzymes for toluene synthesis from anoxic microbial communities. Nat Chem Biol. 2018 May; 14(5):451-457. PMID: 29556105.
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    2. Goh EB, Chen Y, Petzold CJ, Keasling JD, Beller H. Improving methyl ketone production in Escherichia coli by heterologous expression of NADH-dependent FabG. Biotechnol Bioeng. 2018 May; 115(5):1161-1172. PMID: 29411856.
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    3. Wang X, Goh EB, Beller H. Engineering E. coli for simultaneous glucose-xylose utilization during methyl ketone production. Microb Cell Fact. 2018 Jan 27; 17(1):12. PMID: 29374483.
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    4. Varadharajan C, Beller H, Bill M, Brodie EL, Conrad ME, Han R, Irwin C, Larsen JT, Lim HC, Molins S, Steefel CI, van Hise A, Yang L, Nico PS. Reoxidation of Chromium(III) Products Formed under Different Biogeochemical Regimes. Environ Sci Technol. 2017 May 02; 51(9):4918-4927. PMID: 28365989.
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    5. Yabusaki SB, Wilkins MJ, Fang Y, Williams KH, Arora B, Bargar J, Beller H, Bouskill NJ, Brodie EL, Christensen JN, Conrad ME, Danczak RE, King E, Soltanian MR, Spycher NF, Steefel CI, Tokunaga TK, Versteeg R, Waichler SR, Wainwright HM. Water Table Dynamics and Biogeochemical Cycling in a Shallow, Variably-Saturated Floodplain. Environ Sci Technol. 2017 Mar 21; 51(6):3307-3317. PMID: 28218533.
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    6. Jardine KJ, Jardine AB, Holm JA, Lombardozzi DL, Negron-Juarez RI, Martin ST, Beller H, Gimenez BO, Higuchi N, Chambers JQ. Monoterpene 'thermometer' of tropical forest-atmosphere response to climate warming. Plant Cell Environ. 2017 Mar; 40(3):441-452. PMID: 27943309.
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    7. Jewell TN, Karaoz U, Bill M, Chakraborty R, Brodie EL, Williams KH, Beller H. Metatranscriptomic Analysis Reveals Unexpectedly Diverse Microbial Metabolism in a Biogeochemical Hot Spot in an Alluvial Aquifer. Front Microbiol. 2017; 8:40. PMID: 28179898.
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    8. Zargar K, Saville R, Phelan RM, Tringe SG, Petzold CJ, Keasling JD, Beller H. In vitro Characterization of Phenylacetate Decarboxylase, a Novel Enzyme Catalyzing Toluene Biosynthesis in an Anaerobic Microbial Community. Sci Rep. 2016 08 10; 6:31362. PMID: 27506494.
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    9. Beller H, Zhou P, Jewell TNM, Goh EB, Keasling JD. Enhanced fatty acid production in engineered chemolithoautotrophic bacteria using reduced sulfur compounds as energy sources. Metab Eng Commun. 2016 Dec; 3:211-215. PMID: 29468125.
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    10. Javidpour P, Deutsch S, Mutalik VK, Hillson NJ, Petzold CJ, Keasling JD, Beller H. Investigation of Proposed Ladderane Biosynthetic Genes from Anammox Bacteria by Heterologous Expression in E. coli. PLoS One. 2016; 11(3):e0151087. PMID: 26975050; PMCID: PMC4790861.
    11. Jewell TN, Karaoz U, Brodie EL, Williams KH, Beller H. Metatranscriptomic evidence of pervasive and diverse chemolithoautotrophy relevant to C, S, N and Fe cycling in a shallow alluvial aquifer. ISME J. 2016 09; 10(9):2106-17. PMID: 26943628; PMCID: PMC4989316.
    12. Beller H, Lee TS, Katz L. Natural products as biofuels and bio-based chemicals: fatty acids and isoprenoids. Nat Prod Rep. 2015 Sep 23; 32(10):1508-26. PMID: 26216573.
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    13. Varadharajan C, Han R, Beller H, Yang L, Marcus MA, Michel M, Nico PS. Characterization of Chromium Bioremediation Products in Flow-Through Column Sediments Using Micro-X-ray Fluorescence and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy. J Environ Qual. 2015 May; 44(3):729-38. PMID: 26024254.
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    14. Goh EB, Baidoo EEK, Burd H, Lee TS, Keasling JD, Beller H. Substantial improvements in methyl ketone production in E. coli and insights on the pathway from in vitro studies. Metab Eng. 2014 Nov; 26:67-76. PMID: 25241399.
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    15. Beller H, Yang L, Varadharajan C, Han R, Lim HC, Karaoz U, Molins S, Marcus MA, Brodie EL, Steefel CI, Nico PS. Divergent aquifer biogeochemical systems converge on similar and unexpected Cr(VI) reduction products. Environ Sci Technol. 2014 Sep 16; 48(18):10699-706. PMID: 25084058.
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    16. Bi C, Su P, Müller J, Yeh YC, Chhabra SR, Beller H, Singer SW, Hillson NJ. Development of a broad-host synthetic biology toolbox for Ralstonia eutropha and its application to engineering hydrocarbon biofuel production. Microb Cell Fact. 2013 Nov 13; 12:107. PMID: 24219429; PMCID: PMC3831590.
    17. Javidpour P, Pereira JH, Goh EB, McAndrew RP, Ma SM, Friedland GD, Keasling JD, Chhabra SR, Adams PD, Beller H. Biochemical and structural studies of NADH-dependent FabG used to increase the bacterial production of fatty acids under anaerobic conditions. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2014 Jan; 80(2):497-505. PMID: 24212572; PMCID: PMC3911115.
    18. Beller H, Zhou P, Legler TC, Chakicherla A, Kane S, Letain TE, A O'Day P. Genome-enabled studies of anaerobic, nitrate-dependent iron oxidation in the chemolithoautotrophic bacterium Thiobacillus denitrificans. Front Microbiol. 2013; 4:249. PMID: 24065960; PMCID: PMC3753534.
    19. Müller J, MacEachran D, Burd H, Sathitsuksanoh N, Bi C, Yeh YC, Lee TS, Hillson NJ, Chhabra SR, Singer SW, Beller H. Engineering of Ralstonia eutropha H16 for autotrophic and heterotrophic production of methyl ketones. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2013 Jul; 79(14):4433-9. PMID: 23686271; PMCID: PMC3697500.
    20. Yeh YC, Müller J, Bi C, Hillson NJ, Beller H, Chhabra SR, Singer SW. Functionalizing bacterial cell surfaces with a phage protein. Chem Commun (Camb). 2013 Jan 30; 49(9):910-2. PMID: 23247551.
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    21. Beller H, Han R, Karaoz U, Lim H, Brodie EL. Genomic and physiological characterization of the chromate-reducing, aquifer-derived Firmicute Pelosinus sp. strain HCF1. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2013 Jan; 79(1):63-73. PMID: 23064329; PMCID: PMC3536105.
    22. Pereira JH, Goh EB, Keasling JD, Beller H, Adams PD. Structure of FabH and factors affecting the distribution of branched fatty acids in Micrococcus luteus. Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr. 2012 Oct; 68(Pt 10):1320-8. PMID: 22993086; PMCID: PMC3447401.
    23. Han R, Qin L, Brown ST, Christensen JN, Beller H. Differential isotopic fractionation during Cr(VI) reduction by an aquifer-derived bacterium under aerobic versus denitrifying conditions. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2012 Apr; 78(7):2462-4. PMID: 22286991; PMCID: PMC3302585.
    24. Beller H, Legler TC, Kane SR. Genetic manipulation of the obligate chemolithoautotrophic bacterium Thiobacillus denitrificans. Methods Mol Biol. 2012; 881:99-136. PMID: 22639212.
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    25. Goh EB, Baidoo EE, Keasling JD, Beller H. Engineering of bacterial methyl ketone synthesis for biofuels. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2012 Jan; 78(1):70-80. PMID: 22038610; PMCID: PMC3255637.
    26. Chertkov O, Copeland A, Lucas S, Lapidus A, Berry KW, Detter JC, Del Rio TG, Hammon N, Dalin E, Tice H, Pitluck S, Richardson P, Bruce D, Goodwin L, Han C, Tapia R, Saunders E, Schmutz J, Brettin T, Larimer F, Land M, Hauser L, Spring S, Rohde M, Kyrpides NC, Ivanova N, Göker M, Beller H, Klenk HP, Woyke T. Complete genome sequence of Tolumonas auensis type strain (TA 4). Stand Genomic Sci. 2011 Oct 15; 5(1):112-20. PMID: 22180815; PMCID: PMC3236046.
    27. Chhabra SR, Butland G, Elias DA, Chandonia JM, Fok OY, Juba TR, Gorur A, Allen S, Leung CM, Keller KL, Reveco S, Zane GM, Semkiw E, Prathapam R, Gold B, Singer M, Ouellet M, Szakal ED, Jorgens D, Price MN, Witkowska HE, Beller H, Arkin AP, Hazen TC, Biggin MD, Auer M, Wall JD, Keasling JD. Generalized schemes for high-throughput manipulation of the Desulfovibrio vulgaris genome. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011 Nov; 77(21):7595-604. PMID: 21908633; PMCID: PMC3209177.
    28. DeAngelis KM, Wu CH, Beller H, Brodie EL, Chakraborty R, DeSantis TZ, Fortney JL, Hazen TC, Osman SR, Singer ME, Tom LM, Andersen GL. PCR amplification-independent methods for detection of microbial communities by the high-density microarray PhyloChip. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011 Sep; 77(18):6313-22. PMID: 21764955; PMCID: PMC3187179.
    29. Beller H, Goh EB, Keasling JD. Definitive alkene identification needed for in vitro studies with ole (olefin biosynthesis) proteins. J Biol Chem. 2011 Jul 01; 286(26):le11; author reply le12-3. PMID: 21705341; PMCID: PMC3123130.
    30. Han R, Geller JT, Yang L, Brodie EL, Chakraborty R, Larsen JT, Beller H. Physiological and transcriptional studies of Cr(VI) reduction under aerobic and denitrifying conditions by an aquifer-derived pseudomonad. Environ Sci Technol. 2010 Oct 01; 44(19):7491-7. PMID: 20822129.
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    31. Beller H, Goh EB, Keasling JD. Genes involved in long-chain alkene biosynthesis in Micrococcus luteus. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2010 Feb; 76(4):1212-23. PMID: 20038703; PMCID: PMC2820947.
    32. Young M, Artsatbanov V, Beller H, Chandra G, Chater KF, Dover LG, Goh EB, Kahan T, Kaprelyants AS, Kyrpides N, Lapidus A, Lowry SR, Lykidis A, Mahillon J, Markowitz V, Mavromatis K, Mukamolova GV, Oren A, Rokem JS, Smith MC, Young DI, Greenblatt CL. Genome sequence of the Fleming strain of Micrococcus luteus, a simple free-living actinobacterium. J Bacteriol. 2010 Feb; 192(3):841-60. PMID: 19948807; PMCID: PMC2812450.
    33. Beller H, Kane SR, Legler TC, McKelvie JR, Lollar BS, Pearson F, Balser L, Mackay DM. Comparative assessments of benzene, toluene, and xylene natural attenuation by quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis of a catabolic gene, signature metabolites, and compound-specific isotope analysis. Environ Sci Technol. 2008 Aug 15; 42(16):6065-72. PMID: 18767667.
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    34. Beller H, Legler TC, Bourguet F, Letain TE, Kane SR, Coleman MA. Identification of c-type cytochromes involved in anaerobic, bacterial U(IV) oxidation. Biodegradation. 2009 Feb; 20(1):45-53. PMID: 18470655.
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    35. Kunapuli U, Griebler C, Beller H, Meckenstock RU. Identification of intermediates formed during anaerobic benzene degradation by an iron-reducing enrichment culture. Environ Microbiol. 2008 Jul; 10(7):1703-12. PMID: 18412549.
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    36. Letain TE, Kane SR, Legler TC, Salazar EP, Agron PG, Beller H. Development of a genetic system for the chemolithoautotrophic bacterium Thiobacillus denitrificans. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2007 May; 73(10):3265-71. PMID: 17337560; PMCID: PMC1907124.
    37. Beller H, Letain TE, Chakicherla A, Kane SR, Legler TC, Coleman MA. Whole-genome transcriptional analysis of chemolithoautotrophic thiosulfate oxidation by Thiobacillus denitrificans under aerobic versus denitrifying conditions. J Bacteriol. 2006 Oct; 188(19):7005-15. PMID: 16980503; PMCID: PMC1595532.
    38. Beller H, Chain PS, Letain TE, Chakicherla A, Larimer FW, Richardson PM, Coleman MA, Wood AP, Kelly DP. The genome sequence of the obligately chemolithoautotrophic, facultatively anaerobic bacterium Thiobacillus denitrificans. J Bacteriol. 2006 Feb; 188(4):1473-88. PMID: 16452431; PMCID: PMC1367237.
    39. McKelvie JR, Lindstrom JE, Beller H, Richmond SA, Sherwood Lollar B. Analysis of anaerobic BTX biodegradation in a subarctic aquifer using isotopes and benzylsuccinates. J Contam Hydrol. 2005 Dec; 81(1-4):167-86. PMID: 16246458.
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    40. Ulrich AC, Beller H, Edwards EA. Metabolites detected during biodegradation of 13C6-benzene in nitrate-reducing and methanogenic enrichment cultures. Environ Sci Technol. 2005 Sep 01; 39(17):6681-91. PMID: 16190227.
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    41. Beller H. Anaerobic, nitrate-dependent oxidation of U(IV) oxide minerals by the chemolithoautotrophic bacterium Thiobacillus denitrificans. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2005 Apr; 71(4):2170-4. PMID: 15812053; PMCID: PMC1082518.
    42. Reusser DE, Istok JD, Beller H, Field JA. In situ transformation of deuterated toluene and xylene to benzylsuccinic acid analogues in BTEX-contaminated aquifers. Environ Sci Technol. 2002 Oct 01; 36(19):4127-34. PMID: 12380085.
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    43. Beller H, Kane SR, Legler TC, Alvarez PJ. A real-time polymerase chain reaction method for monitoring anaerobic, hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria based on a catabolic gene. Environ Sci Technol. 2002 Sep 15; 36(18):3977-84. PMID: 12269751.
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    44. Beller H. Analysis of benzylsuccinates in groundwater by liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry and its use for monitoring in situ BTEX biodegradaton. Environ Sci Technol. 2002 Jun 15; 36(12):2724-8. PMID: 12099470.
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    45. Beller H. Anaerobic biotransformation of RDX (hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine) by aquifer bacteria using hydrogen as the sole electron donor. Water Res. 2002 May; 36(10):2533-40. PMID: 12153019.
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    46. Beller H, Tiemeier K. Use of liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry to detect distinctive indicators of in situ RDX transformation in contaminated groundwater. Environ Sci Technol. 2002 May 01; 36(9):2060-6. PMID: 12026993.
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    47. Kane SR, Beller H, Legler TC, Anderson RT. Biochemical and genetic evidence of benzylsuccinate synthase in toluene-degrading, ferric iron-reducing Geobacter metallireducens. Biodegradation. 2002; 13(2):149-54. PMID: 12449317.
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    48. Kane SR, Beller H, Legler TC, Koester CJ, Pinkart HC, Halden RU, Happel AM. Aerobic biodegradation of methyl tert-butyl ether by aquifer bacteria from leaking underground storage tank sites. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2001 Dec; 67(12):5824-9. PMID: 11722940; PMCID: PMC93377.
    49. Beller H, Edwards EA. Anaerobic toluene activation by benzylsuccinate synthase in a highly enriched methanogenic culture. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2000 Dec; 66(12):5503-5. PMID: 11097937; PMCID: PMC92491.
    50. Beller H. Metabolic indicators for detecting in situ anaerobic alkylbenzene degradation. Biodegradation. 2000; 11(2-3):125-39. PMID: 11440240.
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    51. Krieger CJ, Beller H, Reinhard M, Spormann AM. Initial reactions in anaerobic oxidation of m-xylene by the denitrifying bacterium Azoarcus sp. strain T. J Bacteriol. 1999 Oct; 181(20):6403-10. PMID: 10515931; PMCID: PMC103776.
    52. Beller H, Spormann AM. Substrate range of benzylsuccinate synthase from Azoarcus sp. strain T. FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1999 Sep 01; 178(1):147-53. PMID: 10483734.
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    53. Beller H, Spormann AM. Analysis of the novel benzylsuccinate synthase reaction for anaerobic toluene activation based on structural studies of the product. J Bacteriol. 1998 Oct; 180(20):5454-7. PMID: 9765580; PMCID: PMC107597.
    54. Beller H, Spormann AM. Benzylsuccinate Formation as a Means of Anaerobic Toluene Activation by Sulfate-Reducing Strain PRTOL1. Appl Environ Microbiol. 1997 Sep; 63(9):3729-31. PMID: 16535701.
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    55. Beller H, Spormann AM. Anaerobic activation of toluene and o-xylene by addition to fumarate in denitrifying strain T. J Bacteriol. 1997 Feb; 179(3):670-6. PMID: 9006019; PMCID: PMC178746.
    56. Beller H, Spormann AM, Sharma PK, Cole JR, Reinhard M. Isolation and characterization of a novel toluene-degrading, sulfate-reducing bacterium. Appl Environ Microbiol. 1996 Apr; 62(4):1188-96. PMID: 8919780; PMCID: PMC167885.
    57. Beller H, Reinhard M. The role of iron in enhancing anaerobic toluene degradation in sulfate-reducing enrichment cultures. Microb Ecol. 1995 Jul; 30(1):105-14. PMID: 24185416.
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    58. Beller H, Reinhard M, Grbic-Galic D. Metabolic by-products of anaerobic toluene degradation by sulfate-reducing enrichment cultures. Appl Environ Microbiol. 1992 Sep; 58(9):3192-5. PMID: 1444436; PMCID: PMC183072.
    59. Beller H, Grbic-Galic D, Reinhard M. Microbial degradation of toluene under sulfate-reducing conditions and the influence of iron on the process. Appl Environ Microbiol. 1992 Mar; 58(3):786-93. PMID: 1575481; PMCID: PMC195335.
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