Rotaru Lab

University of Southern Denmark

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43. Kawaichi S*, Kotoky R, Fiutowski J, Rotaru A.E*. Adaptation of a methanogen to the constructed environment. BioRxiv. 2024:2024-03.

42. Musat F, Kjeldsen KU, Rotaru A-E, Chen S-C, Musat N. Archaea oxidizing alkanes through alkyl-coenzyme M reductases. Current Opinion in Microbiology, Accepted (IF: 5.4)


41. Yee MO, Ottosen LDM, Rotaru A-E* (2023). Electrical Current Disrupts the Electron Transfer in Defined Consortia. Microbial Biotechnology doi: 10.1111/1751-7915.14373 (IF:5.7)

40. Risgaard-Petersen N & Rotaru A-E*. “Electromicrobiology-From Electrons to Ecosystems, Volume II. Frontiers in Microbiology 14 (2023):  1253550. (IF:5.2)


39. Lyu Z, Rotaru A-E, Pimentel M, Zhang CJ, Rittmann SK. (2022) The methane moment-Cross-boundary significance of methanogens: Preface. Frontiers in Microbiology. Nov 14;13:1055494. (IF:5.2)

38. Paquete CM, Rosenbaum MA, Bañeras L, Rotaru A-E, Puig S. (2022) Let’s chat: communication between electroactive microorganisms. Bioresource Technology:126705. WOS highly cited, top 1%  (IF:11.1) 


37. Palacios PA, Francis WR and Rotaru A-E* (2021) A Win–Loss Interaction on Fe0 Between Methanogens and Acetogens From a Climate Lake. Frontiers in Microbiology 12:638282. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.638282 (IF:5.2)

36. Rotaru A-E*, Yee MO, Musat F. (2021) Microbes trading electricity in consortia of environmental and biotechnological significance. Current Opinion in Biotechnology. 2021 Feb 1;67:119-29. (IF:7.7)

35. Aulenta F, Tucci M, Cruz Viggi C, Dolfing J, Head IM, Rotaru A-E. (2021) An underappreciated DIET for anaerobic petroleum hydrocarbon‐degrading microbial communities. Microbial Biotechnology.    Jan;14(1):2-7.  (IF:5.7)   


34. Yee MO, & Rotaru A-E* (2020). Extracellular electron uptake in Methanosarcinales is independent of multiheme c-type cytochromes. Scientific Reports. 10(1), 1-12. (IF:4.6) 

33. Walker DJ, Nevin KP, Holmes DE, Rotaru A-E, Ward JE, Woodard TL, Zhu J, Ueki T, Nonnenmann SS, McInerney MJ, Lovley DR. (2020) Syntrophus conductive pili demonstrate that common hydrogen-donating syntrophs can have a direct electron transfer option. The ISME Journal 14, 837–846 (IF:11.0)

32. Yee MO, Deutzmann JS, Spormann A, Rotaru A-E* (2020). Cultivating electroactive microbes from field to bench. Nanotechnology 31 (2020) 174003 (17pp) (IF:3.5)


31. Palacios PA, Snoeyenbos-West O, Loescher C, Thamdrup B, & Rotaru A-E* (2019). Baltic Sea methanogens compete with acetogens for electrons from metallic iron. The ISME Journal 13(12), p.3011    (IF:11.0) 

30. Yee MO, Snoeyenbos-West OL, Thamdrup B, Ottosen LDM, & Rotaru A-E* (2019). Extracellular electron uptake by two Methanosarcina species. Frontiers in Energy Research. 7, 29 (IF:3.4) 

29. Rotaru A-E*, Posth NR, Löscher CR, Miracle MR, Vicente E, Cox RP, … & Thamdrup B (2019). Interspecies interactions mediated by conductive minerals in the sediments of the Iron rich Meromictic Lake La Cruz, Spain. Limnetica. 38(1), 21-40.  (IF:1.4)

28.  Maximenko N, Corradi P, Law KL, Van Sebille E, Garaba SP, Lampitt RS … Rotaru A-E… & Thompson RC (2019). Towards the integrated marine debris observing system. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, 447. WOS highly cited, top 1% in Plant/Animal Science (IF:3.7) 


27. Holmes DE, Rotaru A-E, Ueki T, Shrestha PM, Ferry JG, & Lovley DR. (2018). Electron and proton flux for carbon dioxide reduction in Methanosarcina barkeri during direct interspecies electron transfer. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, 3109. (IF:5.2) 

26. Ueki T, Nevin KP, Rotaru A-E, Wang LY, Ward JE, Woodard TL & Lovley DR. (2018). Geobacter strains expressing poorly conductive pili reveal constraints on direct interspecies electron transfer mechanisms. mBio, 9(4), e01273-18. (IF:6.4) 

25. Rotaru A-E*, Calabrese F, Stryhanyuk H, Musat F, Shrestha PM, Weber HS…& Thamdrup B (2018). Conductive particles enable syntrophic acetate oxidation between Geobacter and Methanosarcina from coastal sediments. mBio, 9(3), e00226-18. (IF:6.4) 

24. Holmes DE, Orelana R, Giloteaux L, Wang LY, Shrestha P, Williams K, … & Rotaru A-E*. (2018). Potential for Methanosarcina to contribute to uranium reduction during acetate-promoted groundwater bioremediation. Microbial Ecology, 76(3), 660-667. (IF:3.6)


23. Rotaru A-E* & Thamdrup B (2016). A new diet for methane oxidizers. Science, 351 (6274), 658-658.  (IF:56.9)

22. Rotaru A-E*, & Shrestha PM (2016). Wired for life. Frontiers in microbiology, 7, 662. (IF:5.2)


21. Rotaru A-E*, Woodard TL, Nevin KP & Lovley DR (2015). Link between capacity for current production and syntrophic growth in Geobacter species. Frontiers in Microbiology, 6, 744. (IF:5.2) 

20.  Liu F, Rotaru A-E, Shrestha PM, Malvankar NS, Nevin KP & Lovley DR (2015). Magnetite compensates for the lack of a pilin‐associated c‐type cytochrome in extracellular electron exchange. Environmental Microbiology, 17(3), 648-655  (IF:5.1)


19. Shrestha PM, Malvankar NS, Werner JJ, Franks AE, Rotaru A-E, Shrestha M… & Lovley DR (2014). Correlation between microbial community and granule conductivity in anaerobic bioreactors for brewery wastewater treatment. Bioresource Technology, 174, 306-310. (IF:11.1)

18. Chen S, Rotaru A-E*, Liu F, Philips J, Woodard TL, Nevin KP & Lovley DR (2014). Carbon cloth stimulates direct interspecies electron transfer in syntrophic co-cultures. Bioresource Technology, 173, 82-86. (IF:11.1)

17. Rotaru A-E*, Shrestha PM, Liu F, Markovaite B, Chen S, Nevin KP & Lovley DR (2014). Direct interspecies electron transfer between Geobacter metallireducens and Methanosarcina barkeri. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 80(15), 4599-4605. WOS highly cited, top 1% (IF:4.4)

16. Chen S, Rotaru A-E*, Shrestha PM, Malvankar NS, Liu F, Fan W … & Lovley DR (2014). Promoting interspecies electron transfer with biochar. Scientific Reports, 4, 5019. WOS highly cited, top 1% (IF:4.6)

15. Feist AM, Nagarajan H, Rotaru A-E, Tremblay PL, Zhang T, Nevin KP … & Zengler K (2014). Constraint-based modeling of carbon fixation and the energetics of electron transfer in Geobacter metallireducens. PLoS Computational Biology, 10(4), e1003575. (IF:4.3)

14. Rotaru A-E*+, Shrestha PM+, Liu F, Shrestha M, Shrestha D, Embree M … & Lovley DR (2014). A new model for electron flow during anaerobic digestion: direct interspecies electron transfer to Methanosaeta for the reduction of carbon dioxide to methane. Energy & Environmental Science, 7(1), 408-415. WOS highly cited, top 1% (IF:32.5)

13. Shrestha PM & Rotaru A-E (2014). Plugging in or going wireless: strategies for interspecies electron transfer. Frontiers in microbiology, 5, 237. (IF:5.2)


12. Nagarajan H, Embree M, Rotaru A-E, Shrestha PM, Feist AM, Palsson BØ … & Zengler K (2013). Characterization and modelling of interspecies electron transfer mechanisms and microbial community dynamics of a syntrophic association. Nature Communications, 4, 2809. (IF:16.6)

11. Shrestha PM, Rotaru A-E, Summers ZM, Shrestha M, Liu F & Lovley DR (2013). Transcriptomic and genetic analysis of direct interspecies electron transfer. Applied & Environmental Microbiology, 79(7), 2397-2404. (IF:4.4)

10. Shrestha PM, Rotaru A-E, Aklujkar M, Liu F, Shrestha M, Summers ZM … & Lovley DR. (2013). Syntrophic growth with direct interspecies electron transfer as the primary mechanism for energy exchange. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 5(6), 904-910. (IF:3.3)


9. Liu F, Rotaru A-E, Shrestha PM, Malvankar NS, Nevin KP & Lovley DR (2012). Promoting direct interspecies electron transfer with activated carbon. Energy & Environmental Science, 5(10), 8982-8989. WOS highly cited, top 1%. (IF:32.5)

8. Rotaru A-E, Jiang W, Finster K, Skrydstrup T & Meyer RL (2012). Non‐enzymatic palladium recovery on microbial and synthetic surfaces. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 109(8), 1889-1897. (IF:3.8)

7. Rotaru A-E, Schauer R, Probian C, Mussmann M & Harder J (2012). Visualization of candidate division OP3 cocci in limonene-degrading methanogenic cultures. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 22(4), 457-61. (IF:2.8)

6. Rotaru A-E*, Shrestha PM, Liu F, Ueki T, Nevin K, Summers ZM & Lovley DR (2012). Interspecies electron transfer via hydrogen and formate rather than direct electrical connections in cocultures of Pelobacter carbinolicus and Geobacter sulfurreducens. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78(21), 7645-7651. (IF:4.4)

5. Hosseinkhani B, Søbjerg LS, Rotaru A-E, Emtiazi G, Skrydstrup T, & Meyer RL (2012). Microbially supported synthesis of catalytically active bimetallic Pd‐Au nanoparticles. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 109(1), 45-52. (IF:3.8)


4. Morita M, Malvankar NS, Franks A-E, Summers ZM, Giloteaux L, Rotaru A-E … & Lovley DR (2011). Potential for direct interspecies electron transfer in methanogenic wastewater digester aggregates. mBio, 2(4), e00159-11. (IF:6.4)

3. Lovley DR, Ueki T, Zhang T, Malvankar NS, Shrestha PM, Flanagan KA, Aklujkar M, Butler JE, Giloteaux L, Rotaru A-E, Holmes DE, Franks AE, Orellana R, Risso C and Nevin KM. (2011). Geobacter: the microbe electric’s physiology, ecology, and practical applications. In Advances in microbial physiology (Vol. 59, pp. 1-100). Academic Press. (IF:4.7)


2. Bunge M, Søbjerg LS, Rotaru A-E, Gauthier D, Lindhardt AT, Hause G … & Meyer RL (2010). Formation of palladium (0) nanoparticles at microbial surfaces. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 107(2), 206-215. (IF:3.8)

1. Rotaru A-E, Probian C, Wilkes H & Harder J (2010). Highly enriched Betaproteobacteria growing anaerobically with p-xylene and nitrate. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 71(3), 460-468. (IF:4.2)

Other publications

Rotaru A-E. (2019) Microbes at war. Behind the paper blog for the Nature Microbiology Research Community.