Firnaaz Ahamed, PhD

Contact Information:

East Campus (Lincoln)
218 L.W. Chase Hall
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Song Lab

Professional Memberships:

Chartered chemical engineer (CEng MIChemE)

Postdoctoral researcher and computational chemical engineer

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Monash University
  • B.Eng. (Hons.), Chemical Engineering, Taylor's University


  • 100% research

Curriculum Vitae (CV):

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

  • Metabolic modeling
  • Multi-omics data integration
  • Cybernetic modeling
  • Microbiome network inference
  • Population balance modeling
  • Cellulose bioprocess modeling 
  • Model-model and data-model integration
  • Chemical engineering sciences

Research Profiles:

About Firnaaz Ahamed

Dr. Ahamed is an aspiring researcher who strives to complement the experimental research setting with expertise as a fundamental theorist and computational modeler to cater to niche areas in biochemical engineering. Dr. Ahamed has extensive experiences in computational biochemical modeling through his PhD candidature (Monash University Malaysia, 2017 – 2020) and postdoctoral tenure (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2021 – current). He has strong expertise in systematic integration of multiple complementary models to expand the scope of computational predictions of biochemical processes, model-based optimizations, and computational parametric analyses. Dr. Ahamed is particularly knowledgeable in the area of population balance models that traces the dynamic evolution of distributed molecular properties (e.g., microbial polysaccharide degradation) and cybernetic models that account for the metabolic resource allocations in microorganisms. He is involved in multiple projects funded by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Soil Microbiome, River Corridor, and IDEAS-Watersheds research programs. He is actively engaged in the development of computational algorithms and platforms that enable the integration of multi-omics data with metabolic models for biochemical pathway reconstructions and biochemical process predictions. He is also involved in collaborative research with the Nebraska Food for Health Center to develop a fundamental generalized theory to rationalize the human gut microbiome network inference.  

Selected Publications

  • F. F. Lo, K.-W. Kow, F. Kung, F. Ahamed, P.-L. Kiew, S.-P. Yeap, H.-S. Chua, C.-H. Chan, R. Yusoff, Y.K. Ho. (2021). Effect of magnetic field on nano-magnetite composite exhibits in ion-adsorption. Science of the Total Environment.
  • F. Ahamed, H.-S. Song, Y.K. Ho. (2021). Modelling Coordinated Enzymatic Control of Saccharification and Fermentation by Clostridium thermocellum During Consolidated Bioprocessing of Cellulose. Biotechnology and Bioengineering
  • F. Ahamed. (2020). Modelling Consolidated Bioprocessing of Cellulose via Population Balances Coupled with Cybernetic Models. Monash University
  • F. Ahamed, M. Singh, H.-S. Song, P. Doshi, C.W. Ooi, Y.K. Ho. (2020). On the use of sectional techniques for the solution of depolymerization population balances: Results on a discrete-continuous mesh. Advanced Powder Technology
  • F. Ahamed, H.-S. Song, C.W. Ooi, Y.K. Ho. (2019). Modelling heterogeneity in cellulose properties predicts the slowdown phenomenon during enzymatic hydrolysis. Chemical Engineering Science.
  • F. Ahamed, S.W. Phang, T.S. Lee, (2016). Mechanical Behaviour of Thermoplastic Starch / Montmorillonite / Alumina Trihydrate Nanocomposites. Journal of Engineering Science and Technology.