University of California, Riverside

Environmental Sciences

Marylynn V. Yates

Marylynn V. Yates

Marylynn Yates Photo

Professor of Environmental Microbiology

Academic Degrees:

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin, 1980
  • M.S., New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, 1982
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1984


  • Dr. Yates conducts research in the area of water and wastewater microbiology. Her research focuses on assessing the potential for the contamination of water by human pathogenic microorganisms. As the intentional use of reclaimed water and biosolids (which may contain pathogenic microorganisms) increases, it is necessary to understand the potential impacts of these practices on public health.
  • Specific areas of research include:
    • developing and improving methods to detect microorganisms in environmental samples (e.g., water, wastewater, biosolids, and soil) using traditional cultural methods as well as molecular methods;
    • developing methods to assess the vulnerability of ground water to fecal contamination using bacteriophages;
    • examining the factors that control the persistence of pathogenic microorganisms in the environment;
    • assessing the potential for microbial contamination of ground water using both laboratory soil columns and field tracer studies;
    • assessing the efficacy of water, wastewater, and biosolids treatment processes to inactivate pathogenic microorganisms; and
    • assessing the potential for the use of mathematical models to predict the survival and transport of microorganisms in soil-water systems.

Representative Publications:

  • Yeh, H.Y., Yates, M.V., Mulchandani, A., Chen, W. 2008. Visualizing the dynamics of viral replication in living cells via TAT-peptide delivery of nuclease-resistant molecular beacons. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 105(45):17522-17525.
  • Cantera, J.L., W. Chen, and M.V. Yates. 2010. A simple, rapid and sensitive flow cytometry method to detect infective poliovirus based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) technology. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76:584-588.
  • Yeh, H.Y., M.V. Yates, A. Mulchandani, and W. Chen. 2010. Molecular beacon-quantum dot-Au nanoparticle hybrid nanoprobes for visualizing virus replication in living cells. Chem. Communic. 46 (22): 3914-3916.
  • Popat, S.C., M.V. Yates, and M. Deshusses. 2010. Kinetics of inactivation of indicator pathogens during thermophilic anaerobic digestion. Water Res. 44 (20): 5695-5672.
  • Biswas, P., L. N. Cella, S. H. Kang, A. Mulchandani, M. V. Yates and W. Chen. 2011. A quantum-dot based protein module for in vivo monitoring of protease activity through fluorescence resonance energy transfer. Chem. Commun., 47 (18): 5259 – 5261.
  • Rigotto, C., Hanley, K., Rochelle, P.A., De Leon, R., Barardi, C.R.M., Yates, M.V. 2011. Survival of adenovirus types 2 and 41 in surface and ground waters measured by a plaque assay. ES&T, online publication April 11, 2011.

Courses Taught:

    • Environmental Science 3. Contemporary Issues in the Environmental Sciences
    • Environmental Science 141. Public Health Microbiology

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