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Hamid Rismani-Yazdi

Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate


Phone: 617-258-0349


Growth and physiology optimization, and genetic engineering of acetogenic bacteria for production of commodity chemicals and biofuels from hydrogen-mediated fixation of carbon dioxide.

Previous Experience

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2008-2010


Ph.D., Biological Engineering, Ohio State University, 2004-2008


P. Hu, H. Rismani-Yazdi, and G. Stephanopoulos. 2013. Anaerobic CO2 fixation by the acetogenic bacterium Moorella thermoacetica. AIChE Journal. Accepted.

H. Rismani-Yazdi, S. Carver, A. D. Christy, Z. Yu, K. Bibby, J. Peccia, and O. H. Tuovinen. 2012. Suppression of methanogenesis in cellulose-fed MFCs in relation to changes in performance, metabolite fermentation, and microbial populations. Bioresource Technology. 129:281-288.

H. Rismani-Yazdi, B. Z. Haznedaroglu, C. Hsin, and J. Peccia. 2012. Transcriptomic analysis of the oleaginous microalgae Neochloris oleoabundans reveals metabolic insights into triacylglyceride accumulation. Biotechnology for Biofuels. 5:74.

N. Yamamoto, K. Bibby, J. Qian, D. Hospodsky, H. Rismani-Yazdi, W. W. Nazaroff, and Jordan Peccia. 2012. Particle size distributions and seasonal diversity of allergenic and pathogenic fungi in outdoor air. ISME Journal. 6:1801-1811.

M. D. Yates, P. D. Kiely, D. F. Call, H. Rismani-Yadzi, K. Bibby, J. Peccia, J. M. Regan, B. E. Logan. 2012. Convergent development of bacterial communities in microbial fuel cells. ISME Journal. 6:2002–2013.

B. Z. Haznedaroglu*, D. Reeves*, H. Rismani-Yazdi*, and J. Peccia. 2012. Optimization of de novo transcriptome assembly from high-throughput short read sequencing data improves functional annotation for non-model organisms. BMC Bioinformatics.13:170.   * Denotes equal authorship.

D. Hospodsky, J. Qian, N. Yamamoto, W. W. Nazaroff, H. Rismani-Yazdi, K. Bibby, and Jordan Peccia. 2012. Human occupancy as a source of indoor airborne bacteria. PLoS ONE. 7 (4).

H. Rismani-Yazdi, B. Z. Haznedaroglu, K. Bibby, and J. Peccia. 2011. Transcriptome sequencing and annotation of the microalgae Dunaliella tertiolecta: Pathway description and gene discovery for production of next-generation biofuels. BMC Genomics. 12:148. Second most accessed article in 2011.

H. Rismani-Yazdi, A. D. Christy, S. Carver, Z. Yu, B. A. Dehority, and O. H. Tuovinen. 2011. External resistance affects the power output and bacterial diversity of cellulose-fed microbial fuel cells. Bioresource Technology. 102:278-283. Special Issue: Biofuels – II: Algal Biofuels and Microbial Fuel Cells.

H. Rismani-Yazdi, S. Carver, A. D. Christy, and O. H. Tuovinen. 2008. Cathodic limitations and optimization in microbial fuel cells; An overview. J.  Power Sources. 180:683-694.

H. Rismani-Yazdi, A. D. Christy, B. A. Dehority, M. Morrison, Z. Yu and O. H. Tuovinen. 2007. Electricity generation from cellulose by rumen microorganisms in microbial fuel cells. Biotechnology & Bioengineering, 97:1398-1407.