Buan Lab Members

Principal Investigator


Dr. Nicole Buan 

Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Postdoc, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2005-2010
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
B.S. University of Arizona, 2000
Fellow, National Strategic Research Institute
Coordinator, UNL APLU IChange, 2022-2023
Owner, Molecular Trait Evolution LLC and RollingCircle Biotech LLC
Editor, Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Editor, Frontiers in Microbiology
Co-Founder, Archaea Power Hour virtual seminar series
 
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Current Members

Darla Brennan
Graduate Assistant
Sean Carr
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Connor Hines
Graduate Assistant
Laura Kirshenbaum
Undergraduate Assistant

Kim Tran
Undergraduate Assistant
Grace Van Cott
Undergraduate Assistant


Former Members

Jordon Sanford (2022-2023)
Aditi Arun (2023)
Edric Teut (2021-2023)
William Bauer (2022-2023)
Morgan Price, M.S. (2019-2022)
Anh Le (2021-2022)
Amy Le (2021-2022)
Ethan Bender, M.S. (2013-2020)
Nina Bui (2016-2019)
Jennie Catlett, Ph.D. (2011-2018)
Jared Aldridge, Ph.D. (2013-2018)
Megan Smith (2014-2016)
Brandi Russell (2015-2016)
Aileen Lee (2012-2016)
Alicia Ortiz (2011-2016)
Rachael Klosterman (2013-2014)
Mary Walter (2013-2014)
Nikolas Duszenko (2010-2014)
Dr. Anne-Lise Ducluzeau (2012-2013)
Dillon Lieber (2010-2013)
Mitch Shea (2010-2013)
Kaitlin Mizner (2010-2011)

Summer Students

Kathleen Nguyen (2023)
Kim Tran (2023)

NSF REU Summer Research Program

Tyler Bartolome (2022)
Nick Havill (2021)
Jordan Gewing-Mullins (2019)
Marjorie Nelson (2018)
Jordan Brown (2017)
Paul Randall (2016)
Sauda Niyigena (2015)
Caleb Gonzalez (2014)
Shannon King (2013)
Nate Sindt (2011)
Casey Sondgeroth (2011)

More information 

Buan Lab Summer 2014
Buan Lab Summer 2014. From Left: Ethan Bender, Jared Aldridge, Caleb Gonzalez, Jennie Catlett, Aileen Lee, Nicole Buan, Megan Smith, Rachael Klosterman. Not shown: Alicia Ortiz, Mary Walter. Photo by Jennie Catlett

Sean Carr at Bench
Graduate Student Sean Carr. Photo by Nicole Buan

Megan Smith in the field
Undergraduate Megan Smith prepares a drilling core sample in an anaerobic bag near Hastings Nebraska. Photo by Jennie Catlett

Caleb Gonzalez Presentation
Summer 2014 REU student Caleb Gonzalez discusses his research with Dr. Buan at the REU Poster session. Photo by Jennie Catlett

Buan Lab 2013
Buan Lab Summer 2013. From upper Left: Nicole Buan, Alicia Ortiz, Shannon King, Mary Walter, Rachael Klosterman, Jennie Catlett, Aileen Lee. Not shown: Dr. Anne-Lise Ducluzeau and Nikolas Duszenko. Photo by Alicia Ortiz

Buan Lab 2012
Graduate Student Jared Aldridge. Photo by Buan Lab
  • Aileen Lee
    Undergraduate Aileen Lee. Photo by Buan Lab

    Buan Lab 2012
    Buan Lab summer 2012. Left to right: Dillon Lieber, Jennie Catlett, Mitch Shea, Nicole Buan, Nikolas Duszenko Photo by Buan Lab

    Casey Sondgeroth
    Summer 2011 REU student Casey Sondgeroth performs anaerobic chamber maintenance. Photo by Buan Lab

    Nikolas Duszenko
    Undergraduate Nikolas Duszenko works with our HPLC. Photo by Buan Lab

    Summer 2011
    Buan Lab summer 2011. Left to right: Mitch Shea, Dillon Lieber, Nate Sindt, Casey Sondgeroth Photo by Buan Lab

    Buan Lab 2012
    Buan Lab summer 2012. Clockwise: Dillon Lieber, Nikolas Duszenko, Mitch Shea, Nicole Buan, Jennie Catlett Photo by Buan Lab