Group Alumni

Group Alumni

                                          Ph.D. Graduates

Brandi J. Brown

Co-advised by Professor Mark Wilkins at Biological Systems Engineering
Biological Systems Engineering 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email: bbrown25@husker.unl.edu
Phone: 678-788-0211

  • Bridging the gap between the Biosystems Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering fields. 

Current Position: N/A

Mohammad Mazharul Islam

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email: mislam3@huskers.unl.edu

  • Developing organism-scale and plant-scale metabolic models
  • Modeling and designing natural and synthetic microbial communities
  • Computational identification of novel therapeutic strategies
  • Understanding stress response mechanism in plants

Current Position: Research Associate at the University of Virginia, with Dr. Jason Papin.

Wheaton Lane Schroeder

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Email: wheaton@husker.unl.edu

  • Developing organism-scale and plant-scale metabolic models
  • Developing novel optimization-based tools for model development, curation, and analysis

  • Developing novel optimization-based tools for designing and modeling genetic circuits

Current Position: Post Doctoral Fellow at the Pennsylvania State University, with Dr. Costas Maranas.

                                   Postdoctoral Researcher                  

Taity Changa

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email: tcchanga@gmail.com

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

                                 Undergraduate Students

Joshua C. Bauman

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Sophomore, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email:  joshua.bauman12@gmail.com

  • Multi-tissue metabolic modeling of plants.
Noah Berkenwald

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Freshmen, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email:  nberkenwald2@huskers.unl.edu

  • Characterization of the metabolically versatile bacteria Rhodopseudomonas palustris.
Cameron Gilley

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Sophomore, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Engineering Rhodopseudomonas palustris to convert lignin breakdown products, light, and carbon dioxide into biodegradable plastic.
Naomi Tsukada

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Sophomore, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email: n.tsukada153@gmail.com

  • Investigating the metabolism of Actinobactillus succinogenes 
  • Developing a method to regulate gene expression using the inducible promoter P­BAD.
Leila Ba

Undergraduate Research Assistant (UCARE)
Junior, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email:  lba@huskers.unl.edu

Research: Understand the stress response mechanisms in rice leaf tissue and develop non-intuitive genetic intervention strategies to ensure stress tolerance as well as to design robust high-yielding rice varieties.

Shardhat Reddy Daggumati

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Junior, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email: srd9998@gmail.com
Research: Constructing a genome-scale metabolic model for Methylobacter using a multifaceted approach.

Tony Le

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Junior, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email: tonyleaiy1997@gmail.com
Research: Creating a genome-scale metabolic model of the methane oxidizer Methylobacter

Matthew Van Beek

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email: matt.v.b@hotmail.com
Research: Metabolic model-based identification of drug targets for pathogen Staphylococcus aureus.

Conner William Lunn

Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Febraury 2017 - December 2017

Email: connerlunn@gmail.com
Research: Developing a kinetic metabolic model and discovery of regulation pathways especially for melanin production of the black yeast Exophiala dermatitidis.

                       Undergraduate REU Students

Eric Cobos

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
Sophomore, College of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University West Lafayette
Email: ecobos@purdue.edu

  • Developing and manipulating code to model the metabolism of Zea mays plants.
Josue E O'Neill-Maldonado

Bioenergy REU Student, Summer 2018

Sophomore, Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus
Email: josue.oneill1@upr.edu
Research: In Silico Aided Metabolic Engineering of Actinobacillus succinogenes for Production of Succinate.
Current position: Senior year undergraduate student, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus (as of 2019)

Kyle Buchanan

Bioenergy REU student Summer 2017

Email: kbuchanan22@gmail.com
Research: Developing a genome-scale metabolic model for Actinobacillus succinogenes for maximzing the production of succinic acid.

                               High School Students

Eva Wills

High School Research Assistant

Young Nebraska Science Program
Senior
Lincoln High School
Email: eva.dawn.wills@gmail.com

  • Developing a model of the metabolic system of maize.
Remi Christensen

High School Research Assistant

Young Nebraska Science Program
Senior
Seward High School
Email: remi.christensen@sewardschools.org

  • Developing a model of the metabolic system of the shoot of maize.
Ali Keshk

Lincoln Southwest High School  
Email: ali.m.keshk@gmail.com

I am currently attending Lincoln Southwest High School. I plan to go to UNL and complete a bachelor's degree in software engineering. I'm going to try to get into the Raikes School when I apply, as well. I also plan to complete a master's degree in bioinformatics. I may consider pursuing a PhD in the future, as well.

Bree Brunsman

Senior, Lincoln East High School  

My current education plans involve studying either biology or computer science in college, likely at either Hastings or UNO. In the future I'd like to study animals or ecology for a living, or an undecided career in computer science.

Kareem Keshk

Senior, Lincoln Southwest High School                                                                                                                                 

I plan to apply to the Raikes School at UNL and complete a bachelor's degree in software engineering. I then plan to complete my master's degree in Bioinformatics. I am also considering getting my PhD after that. When I enter into my career, I plan on being a biotech who specializes in bioinformatics.