Principal Investigator

Rebecca Wachs

Rebecca Wachs

Dr. Becky Wachs is an assistant professor in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at UNL. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and her M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Biomedical Engineering. After completing her Masters degree that focused on conductive biomaterials, Dr. Wachs worked for Carl Zeiss Microimaging Inc. as a 3D imaging specialist. Dr. Wachs’ scientific curiosity drove her to return to academia and complete her Ph.D. focusing mechanisms of low back pain with Dr. Eric Ledet at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Biomedical Engineering. She then completed her post-doctoral research under Dr. Christine Schmidt at the University of Florida in neural engineering. At UNL, Dr. Wachs is excited to lead a team of talented students and researchers to engineer solutions to treat painful degenerative orthopedic conditions such as osteoarthritis and low back pain. In her free time, Dr. Wachs likes to run, read, cycle, travel with her husband, and hike with their dogs - Maggie and Ziva.

Graduate Research Assistants

David Lillyman

David Lillyman is a fifth-year graduate student pursuing his PhD in Biological Systems Engineering. David worked in the Pannier lab and was a TA for Heat and Mass transfer during his time as an undergraduate student at UNL.  Learning about current research and development in the Biomedical realm is what David has a passion for. He hopes to translate his undergraduate knowledge to research pursuits in the ONE lab.  David plans to finish his PhD at UNL and then transition into the industry. In his free time, David enjoys traveling, reading, computer gaming, and exercising.

Fei San Lee

Fei San Lee is a fourth-year graduate student pursuing her PhD in Biological Systems Engineering from Kajang, Malaysia. She graduated with a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Biological Engineering from Montana State University where she also got involved in research with the Standardized Biofilm Methods Laboratory at the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE). Her passion for learning and her drive to develop non-invasive treatments to heal people motivated her to join the ONE Lab with Dr. Wachs. When she is not studying or doing research, she enjoys playing badminton, exercising, baking, playing board games, hiking, traveling, making new friends and exploring what Lincoln has to offer. 

Sydney Caparaso

Sydney Caparaso is a second-year graduate student pursuing her PhD in Biological Systems Engineering from Monroe, Connecticut. She graduated with a Biomedical Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she was worked as a student researcher in the Innovative Medical Devices Laboratory.

Her research interests include pain therapeutics, tissue engineering, and biomechanics. Outside of lab and coursework she enjoys running, painting, and working as a soccer referee.

Kayla Ney 

Kayla NeyKayla is a second-year graduate student pursuing a masters in Biological Systems Engineering. As an undergraduate, Kayla was involved in the Honors Program, Big Red Resilience and Well-Being, and the Environmental Sustainability Committee. Her research interests include biomaterials and engineering education. Outside of the lab, Kayla enjoys crafting and hiking. 

Adan Redwine

Adan RedwineAdan Redwine is a first-year masters student in Biological Systems Engineering from Grand Island, Nebraska. He loves learning about the mechanisms of disease and how we can use biomedical engineering to help others. At UNL, Adan is a member of FarmHouse Fraternity and involved with Dance Marathon and the McNair Scholars program. Following school, he plans to pursue a career in the medical field, continuing research. His favorite classes so far have been Engineering Statics and Psychology. In his free time, Adan enjoys spending time with family, going to the lake, riding dirt bikes, and working out.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Alvaro Lozano

Alvaro is a junior Biological Systems Engineering major with emphasis in Biomedical Engineering. He is from a small town close to Madrid, Spain. He played in the tennis team for UNL his sophomore year, and his favorite classes so far are Thermodynamics and Instrumentation. After graduating he would like to keep studying some graduate degree inside the Biomedical field. On his free time, he likes to play tennis, hang with friends, and watch Netflix.

Evie Barnett 

Evie Barnett is a junior majoring in Biological Systems Engineering from Lincoln, NE. Here at UNL, Evie is a member of Chi Omega Sorority and Biomedical Engineering Society, and her favorite classes so far have been Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics. Her research interests include learning how animal models can be used to investigate human diseases and biomedical devices. Following undergrad, Evie plans to attend graduate school and earn a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. In her free time, she enjoys playing pickleball with her friends, working out, and listening to podcasts.

Henry Drvol

Henry Drvol is a second-year undergraduate student from Bennington, Nebraska. He is pursuing degrees in Biology and Economics with various minors. Henry has a focus on understanding underlying problems to establish solutions for chronic ailments. He is involved with FarmHouse Fraternity as an executive officer.  On campus, Henry is a part of the Nebraska Human Resources Institute (NHRI), the University of Nebraska Dance Marathon, the College of Arts and Sciences Ambassadors, and holds a position on his college’s board of grading appeals. Henry is an INBRE Scholar and serves among his peers around Nebraska in the pursuit of research excellence. He is pursuing a career as a Physician with plans to continue research in this role. In his free time, He enjoys reading, playing chess, and watching movies with friends and family. 

Uyen Nguyen

Uyen Nguyen is a third year undergraduate student in Biological Systems Engineering from Omaha, Nebraska. She loves learning about how we can use biomedical engineering to make a positive impact on the community around her. Following school, she plans on pursuing a career in the medical field, continuing research. Her favorite classes so far have been Calculus II and Organic Chemistry I. In her free time, Uyen enjoys spending time with family and friends, knitting, working out, and reading.


Postdoctoral Researchers

     Sarah Romereim, Ph.D. - Works at Allegiant Health as a Research Scientist.

Graduate Students

     Logan Piening, M.S. - Works at Arthrex as an Engineer.

Undergraduate Students

     Tyler Miller, B.S. Biological Systems Engineering - Works at University of Nebraska Medical Center as a Research Technician.

     Ally Richardson, B.S. Biological Systems Engineering - Pursuing a M.S. at University of Minnesota.

     Caleb Johnston, B.S. Biological Systems Engineering - Works at Medtronic as a Quality Engineer

     Lauren Hunt, B.S. Biological Systems Engineering - In graduate school to become a physician's assistant.

     Emmie Johnson, B.S. Biological Systems Engineering - Works at Smith Medical as an R&D Mechanical Engineer I.