Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
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+31 (0)222 36 9427
  • Microbiology
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Lipid Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

Dr. Diana Sahonero Canavesi



Research Interests

Microbial Physiology and membrane-lipid biosynthesis

My research focuses on the biosynthesis of membrane lipids in microbes; by combining classic microbiological cultivation (aerobic and anaerobic), biochemistry and molecular biology, I study the biosynthetic pathways of membrane lipids in bacteria.

Bacterial membranes change in response to environmental conditions and different types of stress. I investigate which factors change the lipid composition of bacteria-producing membrane-spanning (ether) lipids.


Anaerobic media ready for experiments


Research Experience

  • Postdoc, August 2017 -Present, MMB-Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
  • Postdoc, August 2016 -July 2017, CIGOM- Research consortium of the Gulf of Mexico, Biotechnology Institute -Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Postdoc, June 2015-July 2016, Molecular Microbiology Laboratory, Biotechnology Institute -Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


  • 2009 - 2015 Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences , Center for Genomic Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
  • 2003 - 2007 B.Sc. Biology, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla.



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    NIOZ publications

    • 2022
      Sahonero Canavesi, D.X.; Siliakus, M.F.; Abdala Asbun, A.; Koenen, M.; von Meijenfeldt, F. A.B.; Boeren, S.; Bale, N.J.; Engelmann, J.C.; Fiege, K.; Strack van Schijndel, L.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S.; Villanueva, L. (2022). Disentangling the lipid divide: Identification of key enzymes for the biosynthesis of membrane-spanning and ether lipids in bacteria. Science Advances 8(50).
      Sahonero Canavesi, D.X.; Villanueva, L.; Bale, N.J.; Bosviel, J.; Koenen, M.; Hopmans, E.C.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. (2022). Changes in the distribution of membrane lipids during growth of Thermotoga maritima at different temperatures: Indications for the potential mechanism of biosynthesis of ether-bound diabolic acid (membrane-spanning) lipids. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 88(2).
    • 2021
      Lara, P.; Vega-Alvarado, L.; Sahonero Canavesi, D.X.; Koenen, M.; Villanueva, L.; Riveros-Mckay, F.; Morett, E.; Juárez, K. (2021). Transcriptome Analysis Reveals Cr(VI) Adaptation Mechanisms in Klebsiella sp. Strain AqSCr. Front. Microbiol. 12.
      Velázquez-Sánchez, C.; Vences-Guzmán, M.Á.; Moreno, S.; Tinoco-Valencia, R.; Espín, G.; Guzmán, J.; Sahonero Canavesi, D.X.; Sohlenkamp, C.; Segura, D. (2021). PsrA positively regulates the unsaturated fatty acid synthesis operon fabAB in Azotobacter vinelandii. Microbiological Research 249: 126775.
    • 2019
      Bale, N.J.; Rijpstra, W.I.C.; Sahonero Canavesi, D.X.; Oshkin, I.Y.; Belova, S.E.; Dedysh, S.N.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S (2019). Fatty acid and hopanoid adaption to cold in the methanotroph Methylovulum psychrotolerans. Front. Microbiol. 10: article 589.
      Balzano, S.; Villanueva, L.; de Bar, M.; Sahonero Canavesi, D.X.; Yildiz, C.; Engelmann, J.C.; Maréchal, E.; Lupette, J.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S.; Schouten, S. (2019). Biosynthesis of long chain alkyl diols and long chain alkenols in Nannochloropsis spp. (Eustigmatophyceae). Plant Cell Physiol. 60(8): 1666-1682.
      Smit, N.T.; Rush, D.; Sahonero Canavesi, D.X.; Verweij, M.; Rasigraf, O.; Guerrero-Cruz, S.; Jetten, M.S.M.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S; Schouten, S. (2019). Demethylated hopanoids in ‘Ca. Methylomirabilis oxyfera’ as biomarkers for environmental nitrite-dependent methane oxidation. Org. Geochem. 137: 103899.