SSbio - People

  • Group members of the Systems and Synthetic Biology Lab

    Group members of the Systems and Synthetic Biology Lab Summer 2021


Principal Investigator

Rajib SahaRajib Saha

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Office: 213.1 Othmer Hall, UNL City Campus
Phone: (402)472-7531
Email: rsaha2@unl.edu



Postdoctoral Researchers

Cheryl M Immethun

USDA Postdoctoral fellow
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Office: 209.1 Othmer Hall, UNL City Campus
Email: cheryl.immethun@gmail.com

  • Unraveling the mechanisms responsible for the endosymbiotic relationship between nitrogen-fixing bacteria and legumes.

Graduate Students

Mohammad Mazharul Islam
Mohammad Mazharul Islam

Graduate Research Assistant, PhD
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Office: 209.1 Othmer Hall, UNL City Campus
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

Wheaton Lane Schroeder

Graduate Research Assistant, PhD
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Office: 209.1 Othmer Hall, UNL City Campus
Email: wheaton@husker.unl.edu

  • Creating a pipeline for building a genome-scale kinetic metabolic model, including identifying regulation pathways.

Adil Al-siyabiAdil Alsiyabi

Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Office: 209.1 Othmer Hall, UNL City Campus
Email: aal-siyabi@huskers.unl.edu

  • Integrating different tissues types in maize kernel to develope a compartmentalized metabolic model
  • Kinetic modeling of sphignolipid metabolism in Arabidopsis leaves.
Dianna LongDianna Long

Graduate Research Assistant and PhD candidate
Complex Biosystems
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Office: 209.1 Othmer Hall, UNL City Campus
Email: dlong4789@gmail.com

  • Using synthetic biology methods to increase succinic acid production by Actinobacillus succinogenes.

Brandi J. Brown

Brandi Brown

Co-advised by Professor Mark Wilkins at Biological Systems Engineering
Graduate Research Assitant and PhD candidate
Biological Systems Engineering 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Office: 209.1 Othmer Hall, UNL City Campus
Email: bbrown25@husker.unl.edu
Phone: 678-788-0211

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

Mark W. Kathol

Mark Kathol

Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email:  mkathol148@gmail.com

  • Characterization of the metabolically versatile bacteria Rhodopseudomonas palustris.
Niaz Chowdhury

Niaz Chowdhury

Graduate Research Assistant 
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email:  nchowdhury2@huskers.unl.edu

  • Developing a metabolic and expression (ME) model to represent an improved metabolism and gene expression profiles of  R. palustris.

Undergrad Students

Dylan Hoppner

Mark Kathol

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.

Andrea Goertzen

Andrea Goertzen

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Freshmen, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email:  andreagoertzen19@gmail.com

  • Developing a genome-scale metabolic model for the human pancreas.

Eric Cobos

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.

Highschool Students

Eva Wills

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

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.