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

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 Morris (previously Long)Dianna Long

Graduate Research Assistant and PhD candidate
Complex Biosystems
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Office: 209.1 Othmer Hall, UNL City Campus

Email: dmorris15@huskers.unl.edu

  • Using synthetic biology methods to increase succinic acid production by Actinobacillus succinogenes.
  • Constructing a metabolic model, using synthetic biology tools, and performing metabolic engineering for improved biodegradable plastic production by Paraburkholderia sacchari.

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.

                    Laboratory Technician

Eric Nelson

Lab Technician and Graduate Research Assistant (Summer 2022)
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email:  enelson58@unl.edu

  • Applying bioinformatics tools in tracking horizontal gene transfer of antimicrobial resistance genes between bacterial species.

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.