Congratulations to CABBI #sustainability researcher @CBernacchi of @USDA_ARS for his election to @aaas! 🙌

The nomination cited his "outstanding contributions towards understanding photosynthesis from molecular to global scales." 🌿



Andrew Leakey took the helm of #CABBI in August, succeeding founding Director Evan DeLucia.

In this interview, @leakey77 talks about his bioenergy research with CABBI, the Center’s progress, and its vision moving forward! 🌱

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CABBI Colloquia

Once a month, CABBI is organizing a colloquium for all of its researchers. At every colloquium, one grad student, postdoc, or PI will give a 20-minute presentation on his or her CABBI research. The presenter finishes the presentation with discussion questions to the audience in order to identify new integration opportunities within a theme, across CABBI themes, and/or with other U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs). Each colloquium will finish with a networking event, including refreshments.

In the audience are CABBI researchers from all three themes. Scientists from the partner institutions are encouraged to attend and/or present through Zoom. The presenters will rotate among the themes and partner institutions.

Sebastian Varela

Feedstock Production Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Andrew Leakey), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Understanding Growth Dynamics and Yield of Biomass Sorghum Using High-Resolution UAV Imagery Time Series”
Date: Nov. 16, 2020

Saurabh Sinha

Conversion Theme

Co-Investigator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Bioenergy 101: Machine Learning”


Matthew Waugh

Conversion Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Yi Lu), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Novel Biocatalysts by Design: Designing Artificial Metalloenzymes for Selective Functionalization and Catalytic Upgrading of Unsaturated Fatty Acids”
Date: Oct. 12, 2020

Mark Burnham

Sustainability Theme

Postdoc (Advisors Wendy Yang and Evan DeLucia), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “How Bioenergy Sorghum Influences Agroecosystem Nitrogen Cycling: Implications for Sustainability”
Date: Sept. 14, 2020

Ayman Eid

Feedstock Production Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Fredy Altpeter), University of Florida

Title of talk: “Towards Oilcane: Improving Genome Editing Tools for Precision Editing of Lipogenic and Agronomic Factors” 
Date: Aug. 17, 2020

Pan Yang

Sustainability Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Ximing Cai), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Simulation of Cellulosic Biofuel Expansion through an Agent-Based Model: Investigation of Multiple Policies”

Additional discussion: “CABBI’s Data and Software Knowledge Base and Data Management Updates” by CABBI Data Manager Leslie Stoecker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date: June 1, 2020

Meera Gupta

Conversion Theme

Ph.D. Candidate (Advisor Martin WĂĽhr), Princeton University

Title of talk: “Quantitative Mass Spectrometry for Comparative Analysis of Yeast Proteomes”
Date: May 4, 2020

Madara Hetti Arachchilage

Feedstock Production Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Amy Marshall-ColĂłn), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Identification of Sorghum Stem-Preferred Genes and their Cis-Regulatory Elements through de-novo Promoter Analysis”
Date: April 6, 2020

Caitlin Moore

Sustainability Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Carl Bernacchi), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “The CABBI Flux Tower Network“
Date: March 9, 2020

Qiang Yan

Conversion Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Brian Pfleger), University of Wisconsin at Madison

Title of talk: “Characterization of Key Enzymes for Oleochemical Synthesis“
Date: Jan. 27, 2020

Leslie Stoecker

CABBI Research Data Coordinator

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “CABBI Data Management: Tools, Procedures, and Guidance“
Date: Dec. 2, 2019


Hans MĂĽller Paul

Feedstock Production Theme

Ph.D. Candidate (Advisor: Matthew Hudson)

Title of talk: “CROPSR: An Automated Platform for Complex Genome-Wide CRISPR gRNA Design and Validation“
Date: Nov. 11, 2019


Stephan Lane

Conversion Theme

Biofoundry Manager

Title of talk: “Illinois Biological Foundry for Advanced Biomanufacturing (iBioFAB)“
Date: Oct. 7, 2019


Rui Shi

Sustainability Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Jeremy Guest)

Title of talk: “Integrating Life Cycle Assessment and Process Design for Prioritization of Biofuels and Bioproducts Production“
Date: Sept. 9, 2019


Nicholas LaBonte

Feedstock Production Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Erik Sacks)

Title of talk: “Genomics-Assisted Improvement of Miscanthus and Saccharum as Bioenergy Feedstocks“
Date: Aug. 5, 2019


Nurzhan Kuanyshev

Conversion Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Yong-Su Jin)

Title of talk: “Discover Sugar Transporters Capable of Transporting Glucose and Xylose Simultaneously”
Date: July 8, 2019


Jeff Kent

Sustainability Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Tara Hudiburg)

Title of talk: “Modeling Energy Sorghum Emissions for the Rainfed United States”
Date: May 13, 2019


Sang Yeol Kim

Feedstock Production Theme

Research Scientist (Advisor Don Ort)

Title of talk: “Posttranslational Modification of Rubisco activase to Govern Photosynthesis and Growth”
Date: April 1, 2019


Ming-Hsun Cheng

Conversion Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Vijay Singh)

Title of talk: “Sugar Production from Bioenergy Sorghum by Pilot-Scale Continuous Hydrothermal Pretreatment”
Date: March 11, 2019

Adam Von Haden

Sustainability Theme

Postdoc (Advisors Evan H. DeLucia and Wendy Yang)

Title of talk: “Improving our Mechanistic Understanding of Plant and Soil Processes to Refine Predictions of Ecosystem Carbon Cycling in Biomass-Based Cropping Systems”
Date: Dec. 3, 2018


Shuai Li

Feedstock Production Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Lisa Ainsworth)

Title of talk: “Testing Oxidative Stress Tolerance in C4 Bioenergy Crops”
Date: Nov. 12, 2018


Jing-Jing Liu

Conversion Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Christopher Rao)

Title of talk: “System Analysis of Lipomyces starkeyi Uncovered New Gene Targets for Metabolic Engineering”
Date: Oct. 15, 2018


Chongya Jiang

Sustainability Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Kaiyu Guan)

Title of talk: “Mapping marginal lands at field scale for the Midwestern United States”
Date: Sept.17, 2018


Hae Jin Kim

Feedstock Production Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Ed Cahoon)

Title of talk: “Synthetic Design of Plant Oil Metabolism”
Date: Aug.13, 2018



Tong Si

Conversion Theme

Postdoc (Advisors Jonathan Sweedler, Huimin Zhao)

Title of talk: “Automated Biomanufacturing of Microbial Libraries for Promoting Sustainability”
Date: June 4, 2018