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. 
  • Post-doctoral researcher Cheryl Immethun receives a USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship and a two-year $164,952 grant to find ways to create symbiosis between bacteria and food grain plants that could reduce the need for fertilizers.
    Post-doctoral researcher Cheryl Immethun receives a USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship and a two-year $164,952 grant to find ways to create symbiosis between bacteria and food grain plants that could reduce the need for fertilizers. READ MORE
  • Graduate student Adil Alsiyabi successfully defended his MS thesis titled "Modeling the Interplay Between Photosynthesis, Carbon Fixation, and the Quinone Pool in a Purple Non-Sulfur Bacterium". Congratulations!
    Graduate student Adil Alsiyabi successfully defended his MS thesis titled "Modeling the Interplay Between Photosynthesis, Carbon Fixation, and the Quinone Pool in a Purple Non-Sulfur Bacterium". Congratulations! READ MORE
  • Graduate Student Mohammad Mazharul Islam wins the first prize for his poster at the Nebraska Plant Science Symposium.
    Graduate Student Mohammad Mazharul Islam wins the first prize for his poster at the Nebraska Plant Science Symposium. READ MORE
  • Professor Saha receives a two year Energy Research Grant to study the  Conversion of Lignin from lignocellulosic biomass into biodegradeable plastic from  Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research.
    Professor Saha receives a two year Energy Research Grant to study the Conversion of Lignin from lignocellulosic biomass into biodegradeable plastic from Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research. READ MORE
  • Professor Saha becomes part of a grant from Nebraska Center for Root and Rhizobiome Innovation for  Root Synthetic Biology: Tool Development and Applications.
    Professor Saha becomes part of a grant from Nebraska Center for Root and Rhizobiome Innovation for Root Synthetic Biology: Tool Development and Applications. READ MORE
  • Professor Saha, along with a group of Nebraska researchers, receives a three-year NSF grant to lead the project to understand how plants produce their own means of defending themselves against pathogens, predators and the environment and hope to use that information to develop more vigorous food crops. Professor Saha is a co-principal investigator on the project on "Dissecting the Sphingolipid Metabolic and Regulatory Network". More on Nebraska Engineering news.
    Professor Saha, along with a group of Nebraska researchers, receives a three-year NSF grant to lead the project to understand how plants produce their own means of defending themselves against pathogens, predators and the environment and hope to use that information to develop more vigorous food crops. Professor Saha is a co-principal investigator on the project on "Dissecting the Sphingolipid Metabolic and Regulatory Network". More on Nebraska Engineering news. READ MORE