SSbio - People

  • Group members of the Systems and Synthetic Biology Lab

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

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

  • Expanding synthetic biology toolboxes of non-model microorganisms

Taity Changa

Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Office: 215 Othmer Hall, UNL City Campus
Email: tcchanga@gmail.com

  • Developing synthetic gene regulators in Rhodopseudomonas palustris




Graduate Students

Mohammad Mazharul Islam
Mohammad Mazharul Islam

Graduate Research Assistant
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 syntehtic microbial communities
  • Computational identification of novel therapeutic strategies
  • Understanding stress response mechanism in plants

Wheaton Lane Schroeder

Graduate Research Assistant
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
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
Doctoral 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. 



Undergrad Students

Shardhat Reddy Daggumati

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Junior, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email: srd9998@gmail.com

  • 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

  • Creating a genome-scale metabolic model of the methane oxidizer Methylobacter 
  • Constructing a synthetic community for lake Washington.

Claire MaaliaoClaire Maaliao

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

  • Creating a multi-tissue genome-scale metabolic model of rice.
Chris MerkelChris Merkel

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Sophomore, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email: chrismerk7@gmail.com

  • Creating a genome scale metabolic model for Rhodopseudomonas palustris to optimize production of putrescine.

Naomi TsukadaNaomi 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.