STRAIGHT FROM THE SCIENTISTS: Research Profiles

CABBI Researchers Collaborate on Oilcane Pilot Project

CABBI researchers across the U.S. have struck oil(cane) — and right here in Illinois, scientists are exploring sugarcane’s viability as a renewable energy resource. Read for more!

Sierra Raglin: From ‘Super-Nerd’ to Microbial Ecologist

Ph.D. Candidate studies how domestication of maize and sorghum has changed their biochemical pathways and interactions with microorganisms.

Meera Gupta: Solving the Protein Puzzle – and Testing the Limits

Ph.D. Candidate has developed a mass spectrometry-based technique to accurately measure protein degradation rates.

Meet CABBI’s Remote — but Essential — Team

Don’t forget about Idaho! Team Hudiburg’s ecosystem modeling is a key connecting all of the Center’s researchers to the future of bioenergy crops.

Kiyoul Park: Research to Fuel the Future

A molecular biologist and metabolic engineer, this Nebraska postdoc zones in on sorghum’s stem to study its intricate genetic makeup.

Qiang Yan: Keeping Cells ‘Happy & Healthy’ to Brew Sustainable Products

CABBI Conversion Postdoc works on oleochemical production in yeast.

Dalton Stewart: Economics and Environment both Vital to Sustainability

CABBI Sustainability researcher’s adolescent affinities for farms and fauna are a given. But his fascination with agricultural sustainability remains from his middle school days.

Postdoc Matthew Waugh: One of CABBI’s ‘Molecular Mechanics’

His research focuses on finding ways to produce necessary molecules from renewable resources instead of traditional oil. 

Yingqi Cai: Passion for Plants Leads to Promising Biofuel Research

Growing up in a small town on the east coast of China, Yingqi Cai was fascinated with plants. Her mom loved gardening, and their home was filled with greenery. Cai would sit and stare at the plants, waiting in vain to catch the exact moment they flowered. “It was...

Zia Fatma: From Genes to Cuisines, CABBI Researcher is Driven by Discovery

“Every day is exciting. Every day you perform different experiments and have a different hypothesis.”

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