August 03, 2023, Top Chem SPR Poster and Travel Award! Congratulations to Emma Cook and Vishakha Jayasekera! They won the Top Chem SRP Poster Award. Emma also won $1000 Travel Award to present the research in a national conference.

July 20, 2023, Group meeting in summer! Fun time with new UCARE student Serena Jentz, REU student Emma Cook, and the beautiful Lincoln evening.

May 19, 2023, Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Miller! University of Nebraska-Lincoln May 2023 Commencement ceremonies at Bob Devaney Sports Center.

May 12, 2023, Congratulations to Amanda Miller! Amanda won 2023 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award. Amanda successfully defended PhD dissertation on April 24.

May 9, 2023, Congratulations to Vishakha Jayasekera! Vishakha won 2023 Nebraska Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication (NCIBC) Graduate Student Fellowship.

August 26, 2022, Congratulations to Amanda Miller and Vimmy Khetrapal! Amanda won 2022 John Sholz Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, and Vimmy won 2022 Gerard Harbison Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award! Congratulations on a job well done!

July 26, 2022, Steve successfully defended PhD dissertation. Congratulations to Dr. Wright!

May 13, 2022, Huan and Vimmy received PhD degree. Congratulations to Dr. Yue and Dr. Khetrapal!

November 12, 2021, Congratulations to Huan Yue again! Huan won the 2021-2022 Hamilton Graduate Research Award! Congratulations to Huan for this prestigious award.








September 3, 2021, Congratulations to Huan Yue again! Huan won the 2020-2021 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award! Congratulations on a job well done! “You can be justly proud of your accomplishments, which reflect brightly on our graduate program and our entire department”, as said in the award letter.

August 19, 2021, Congratulations to Huan Yue! Huan won the first place in the 2021 UNL Chemistry Department video poster competition, the Senior Graduate Students Category! Congratulations!









August 1, 2019, Welcome Nkosinathi Dlamini! Nathi is a new PhD student from Swaziland. He received BS degree in Chemistry and Microbiology with cum laude from University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is supported by the Fulbright Scholarship Program.

June 24, 2019, Welcome Vishakha Jayasekera! Vishakha is a new PhD student from Sri Lanka. She received BS degree in Chemistry from College of Chemical Sciences, Institute of Chemistry Ceylon.

April 29, 2019, Welcome new visiting scholar: Dr. Xiping Du, associate professor, College of Food and Biological Engineering, Jimei University, Xiamen, China. Xiping received PhD degree in Microbiology from Xiamen University.

April 26, 2019, Congratulations to Jiasong and Amanda! Jiasong is the winner of 2019 Fuerniss Fellowship Award, and Amanda is the recipient of 2019 James D. Carr First Year Graduate Teaching Assistant Award!

Fuerniss award and 1st year TA award 2019

August 16, 2018, Congratulations to Amanda! Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Graduate Education informed that Amanda has been awarded a McNair Graduate Student Support Fellowship!

August 7, 2018, Congratulations to this year’s Summer Poster Session winners! Ronald Woodruff’s poster won the 2nd Place in Undergraduate Division, Jiasong Jiang’s 3rd Place in Senior Graduate Division, and Xusheng Chen’s Honorable Mention in Postdoc Division.

2018 summer poster

March 23, 2018, Welcome new joint postdoc: Dr. Jing Zhu, College of Life Sciences, Shandong University, China. Jing received PhD degree in microbiology from Shandong University.

March 23, 2018, Welcome new visiting scholar: Dr. Yongbiao Zheng, professor of Microbiological Natural Products, College of Life Sciences, Fujiang Normal University, China. Yongbiao received PhD degree in natural product chemistry from Xiamen University.

November 15, 2017, Welcome new visiting scholar: Dr. Fengyu Du, associate professor at College of Chemistry & Pharmacy, Qingdao Agricultural University, China. Fengyu received PhD degree in medicinal chemistry from Institute of Oceanology,Chinese Academy of Sciences, and MS and BS degrees from Jiangsu University.

September 15, 2017, Welcome new visiting scholar: Dr. Xusheng Chen, associate professor at Department of Biotechnology, Jiangnan University, Wuxi. Xusheng received both MS degree and PhD degree from Jiangnan University.

August 17, 2017, Congratulations to Lingjun and Bethany. Lingjun’s poster won the 1st Place in Postdoc Division, and Bethany won a REU Travel Award in 2017 Summer Poster Session, Department of Chemistry, UNL.

July 20, 2017, McNair Summer Research Colloquium. Amanda presented her work at Nebraska Union. This colloquium is a preparation for the California McNair Symposium.

June 2, 2017, Congratulations to Stephen Wright! Steve is now officially a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, based on his academic progress to date and the successful completion of the comprehensive examination.

June 1, 2017, Welcome Vimmy Khetrapal! Vimmy is a new PhD student from India. She received MS degree in Biochemistry (minor Biotechnology) from Punjab Agricultural University and BS degree in Chemistry, Industrial Microbiology, and Zoology from Panjab University.

April 21, 2017, McNair Scholars Recognition Reception! Amanda is one of the eight new McNair Scholars of the University. She is also awarded UCARE funding for Academic Year 2017-2018.

Amanda Miller McNair Scholars Recognition Reception 4-21-2017 a2


Amanda Miller McNair Scholars Recognition Reception 4-21-2017 b2

March 6, 2017, Congratulations to Amanda Miller! Amanda has been selected as a 2016-17 McNair Scholar.

October 30, 2016, Welcome new member: Dr. Lingjun Yu, joint postdoc with Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Lingjun received PhD degree from Institute of Microbiology, Beijing, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

September 25, 2016, Welcome new visiting scholar: Dr. Yan Wang, assistant professor at Institute of Agro Products Processing Science & Technology in Beijing, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Yan received both MS degree and PhD degree from China Agricultural University.

August 28, 2016, Welcome new PhD student: Yuan Chen, a co-sponsored student from Nanjing Agricultural University. Yuan received BS degree from Shandong Agricultural University and has been in the graduate program at Nanjing Agricultural University since 2012.

April 22, 2016, College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding and Creative Research Award: Thanks to all current and former students, postdocs, visiting scholars, and collaborators!

ORCA Certificate 4-22-2016Du outside lab5

April 20, 2016, Congratulations to Simon Tombosa: 老舍 (Simon) successfully defended his MS thesis!

Simon Tombosa MS defense 4-20-2016b

April 14, 2016, Congratulations to Wei Su: Wei successfully defended her MS thesis!

Wei Su MS Defense 4-14-2016b

September 2, 2015, Welcome new visiting scholar: Dr. Xiuli Wu, associate professor at Ningxia Medical University, YinChuan. Xiuli received her PhD from Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College.

August 10, 2015, Welcome new visiting scholar: Dr. Chuping Luo, associate professor at Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Nanjing. Chuping received his PhD from Nanjing Agricultural University.

May 8, 2015, Congratulations to Dr. Chen: Haotong defended her PhD thesis on April 16 and received her PhD degree at the May 8 Commencement! Congratulations to Haotong!

Haogont PhD commencement2

April 10, 2015, Congratulations to Molly Miller: at the 2015 Honors Convocation Ceremonies, Molly is honored as a Chancellor’s Scholar! She will graduate with Highest Distinction!

Molly Miller Chancellor's Scholar 4-2015

March 11, 2015, Welcome new visiting scholar: Dr. Lei Zhang from Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi, China. Dr. Zhang is currently an Associate Professor at College of Life Sciences.

February 25, 2015, Welcome new visiting scholar: Professor Ligang Zhou from China Agricultural University, Beijing.


January 12, 2015, Welcome new lab member: Steve Wright is back to the PhD program!

March 12, 2014, Phytopathology Editor’s Pick: our paper with the Qian-Liu lab on the LesR regulator (pdf) — a solo LuxR protein from the biocontrol agent Lysobacter enzymogenes, was selected as the Editor’s Pick (pdf) of the March issue of Phytopathology.

Phytopathology Editor's pick of the March 2014 issue

Nov 14, 2013: Yunxuan Xie defended her PhD thesis at UNL. Yunxuan is now a faculty member at Tianjin University. Congratulations to Yunxuan!

April 17, 2013: Stephen Wright defended his MS thesis at UNL. He is now an instructor at Vatterott College, Omaha. Congratulations to Steve!

Nov 30, 2012: Yan Wang defended his PhD thesis at Shandong University. Yan will continue his research in our lab as a postdoc associate at UNL. Congratulations to Yan!

Nov 29, 2012: Lili Lou defended her PhD thesis at UNL. She is now a Scientist at Celerion Inc. Congratulations to Lili!

June 22, 2012: Justin Huffman defended his PhD thesis at UNL. Congratulations to Justin! In addition, Justin has successfully obtained a tenure-track assistant professor position at Penn State University at Altoona. He will start the new position in July, 2012. Congratulations to Prof. Huffman!


June 5, 2012: Wei Zhang defended his PhD thesis at Xiamen University. Wei is now a research associate at Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Congratulations to Wei!


April 20, 2012: Lili Lou has been awarded the Fuerness Fellowship Award, which is given to a student who has demonstrated not only intellectual growth and research achievement but also the spirit of collegiality. Congrats to Lili!

January 10, 2012: The Biochemistry article, Unusual Activities of the Thioesterase Domain for the Biosynthesis of the Polycyclic Tetramate Macrolactam HSAF in Lysobacter enzymogenes C3, was chosen to be highlighted on the journal’s home page,

January 3-6, 2012: Dr. Du was invited to give a plenary lecture at the 24th Mona Symposium on Natural Products & Medicinal Chemistry.

April 24, 2011:We would like to welcome Dr. Mingzi Wang to the Du group! Dr. Wang is a visiting professor from the School of Life Sciences, Fujian Normal University, China.


April 28, 2011:Lili Lou has been awarded a 2011-2012 Milton E. Mohr Fellowship! This is the second time Lili won the Mohr Fellowship. Congrats Lili! The Milton E. Mohr Awards Program recognizes outstanding students in the sciences of biotechnology and engineering based on their academic performance and potential for accomplishments in their specific field.

Congratulations to Lili! She won the 2010-2011 Graduate Research Assistant Award of Department of Chemistry, UNL. She made her award presentation on Friday, 4/15/2011, at the Departmental Colloquium.
The title of her presentation was “Molecular Mechanism for the Biosynthesis of HSAF, a Broad Spectrum Antifungal Natural Product with a Novel Mode of Action”.


The poster of Yunxuan et al. was one of the three winners of poster presentation in the 2011 Annual Retreat of Nebraska Redox Biology Center, which was held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center, Nebraska City, in April 15-17, 2011. Her poster won the second prize. Congratulations! The title of the presentation was “Biosynthetic Mechanism for the Antifungal Polycyclic Tetramate Macrolactam HSAF: the Role of a Zinc-dependent Dehydrogenase Gene”.