Meet our 2016 iGEM Team

Meet Our 2016 Team

Bio Photo: Madison Bierman

Madison Bierman

Major: Chemistry
BioMadison plans to attend graduate school to pursue either an M.D. or a Ph.D. after finishing her undergraduate studies. She is also interested in studying abroad and is an avid baby animal enthusiast.

Bio Photo: Danny Dooling

Danny Dooling

Major: Chemistry & Microbiology
BioDanny is a third year Chemistry and Microbiology major, seeking a career in disease research. By day, Danny is a Chemistry and Biology TA. By night, he is an active connoisseur of Chinese food, pug enthusiast, and celebrity in training. 

Colton Harper Bio Photo

Colton Harper

Major: Computer Science & Mathematics
Bio: Colton Harper is currently an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Colton is pursuing a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He also seeks to attain a Ph.D. in a field where computer science, mathematics, and biology all connect, possibly bioinformatics or biomolecular communication. 

Bio Photo: Joshua Mueller

Joshua Mueller

Major: Chemical Engineering
Bio: Joshua Mueller is a fourth-year student. In the last year, he has developed an interest in biology related science and research and hopes to learn more about the practical applications of it through iGEM. In his spare time, he likes to bike, play video games, or just relax at home.

Bio Photo: Phuong Ninh

Phuong Ninh

Major: Computer Engineering
Bio: Phuong is Junior Computer Engineering major. Her plan is attending medical school after having her bachelor degree. She likes to read and play basketball in her spare time.

Bio Photo: Brynne Schwabauer

Brynne Schwabauer

Major: Chemical Engineering
BioBrynne is a rising Junior Chemical Engineering major. As a student, she participates in Engineering Ambassadors and EC3 Academy. Originally from Oregon, she likes going to the Lincoln Farmers Market and biking around the city. She is thrilled to be working on this 2016 team.   

Bio Photo: Erome Hankore

Erome Hankore

Instructor (Graduate Student)
B.S., Union College


Bio Photo: Nanxi Wang

Nanxi Wang

Instructor (Graduate Student)
B.S., China Pharmaceutical University


Bio Photo: Dr. Myra Cohen

Myra Cohen

Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor
iGEM Faculty Mentor

Phone: 402-472-2305 
Office: 364 Avery Hall
BioMyra Cohen is a Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She is a member of the ESQuaReD software engineering research group.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of AucklandNew Zealand and her M.S. from the University of Vermont.  She is the recipient of both a National Science Foundation Early CAREER award and an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award. Her research interests are in software testing of configurable systems, search-based software engineering and applications of software testing techniques to biological systems engineering.

Bio Photo: Dr. Jiantao Guo

Jiantao Guo

Assistant Professor
iGEM Faculty Mentor

Phone: 402-472-3525 
Office: 634AA Hamilton Hall
Bio: Dr. Guo received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Organic Chemistry from Nankai University with Professor Jin-Pei Cheng, and his Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University with Professor John W. Frost. He pursued postdoctoral studies with Professor Peter G. Schultz at The Scripps Research Institute before joining the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Department of Chemistry as an Assistant Professor in 2010.

Bio Photo: Dr. Wei Niu

Wei Niu

Assistant Professor
iGEM Faculty Mentor
Phone: 402-472-5348
Office: 207R Othmer
Bio: Dr. Wei Niu is a Synthetic Biologist and an Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research focuses on the metabolic engineering principles that are used for biological microbial-synthesis of industrial additive chemicals from sustainable feedstocks, which also entails the development of enzymes and auxiliary proteins that are used to develop pharmaceutical and other energy-applied molecules.

Bio Photo: Dr. Max Pierobon

Massimiliano Pierobon

Assistant Professor
iGEM Faculty Mentor

Phone: 402-472-5021 
Office: 107 Schorr Center
Bio: Massimiliano Pierobon is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Pierobon holds also a courtesy appointment at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, effective from September 2014. Dr. Pierobon received the Master of Science (B.S.+M.S.) degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, in 2005.