Systems & Synthetic Biology Laboratory

The Systems and Synthetic Biology Lab conducts research aimed at discovey and redesign of non-model microbes, plants, and microbial consortia. We focus on both computational and experimental techniques to overcome the challenges in utilizing these organisms as platforms for producing bio-renewables or answering biological questions regarding metabolism, health, and environment. 
  • Professor Saha is featured in multiple news stories for research demonstrating higher ethanol blends work in conventional vehicles. Check out the "News" for other links. READ MORE
  • Professor Saha is selected as the 2020 Early Career Alumni award winner from Penn State Chemical Engineering, his doctorla Alma mater READ MORE
  • Professor Saha is giving a research talk at the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, at 7 PM BST (8 am CDT) READ MORE
  • Professor Saha receives two University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative Grants, each $150K, to dissect the emergence of antimicobial resistance and to investigate the metabolic regulation of human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus READ MORE
  • Professor Saha receives a $747,855 National Science Foundation CAREER award to study how an unusually versatile bacterium can be harnessed to more efficiently break down plant waste. READ MORE
  • Professor Saha receives Career Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for "Dissecting a Metabolically Versatile Non-Model Bacterium's Lignin-Derived Compound Catabolism" READ MORE
  • The Nebraska Corn Board awards funding to the Systems and Synthetic Biology Research group to develop high value plastics from corn fiber.  This project will use both computational and wet-lab approaches to apply metabolic engineering strategies to B. sacchari, resulting in an industrially useful strain that will benefit the environment as well as relevant stakeholders such as bioprocessing plants and members of the agricultural community.
    The Nebraska Corn Board awards funding to the Systems and Synthetic Biology Research group to develop high value plastics from corn fiber. This project will use both computational and wet-lab approaches to apply metabolic engineering strategies to B. sacchari, resulting in an industrially useful strain that will benefit the environment as well as relevant stakeholders such as bioprocessing plants and members of the agricultural community.