Yearly Archives: 2011


Kyle Watters joins the Lucks Lab!

Kyle graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He is interested in future career as an entrepreneur, and has spent his summers interning at companies including Genentech, Inc. and the former Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. In his spare time, Kyle participates in intramural sports and advises the NY […]


Julius joins SynBERC as an Affiliated Investigator

SynBERC – the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center led by Jay Keasling – recently admitted Julius as an affiliated investigator – http://www.synberc.org/people#affiliates. The bi-annual SynBERC retreats are invaluable gatherings of researchers pushing the boundaries of synthetic biology.  What an honor!


Synthetic Biology 5.0 Was a HUGE Success!

Many, many thanks to the wonderful group of people I worked with to make this the best conference I have ever gone to – Caroline Ajo Franklin, Jeff Tabor, Drew Endy, Holly Mililion, Lauren Ha and Thi van anh Thach.  I learned a tremendous amount in the process, and it […]


Julius Featured in Nature News – Life Hackers Seek New Tools

Building up to SB 5.0, Erica Check Hayden, checked in to see how the conference was shaping up – http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110614/full/474261a.html.  It turned out to be a great piece on the state of the field of Synthetic Biology, and the excitement surrounding SB 5.0.  And SHAPE-Seq got a plug too!


Let them Eat Dirt!

The article that Julius and Sera worked on when Sera was a graduate student at Cornell (and Julius was visiting with David Nelson on his sabbatical) finally came out in the Quarterly Review of Biology – http://www.jstor.org/pss/10.1086/659884.  A LOT of press about it, including – http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=let-them-eat-dirt-11-06-03 .


Three PNAS Papers in a Row!

I can honestly say that we didn’t plan it like this, but the two SHAPE-Seq papers – “Multiplexed RNA structure characterization with selective 2’-hydroxyl acylation analyzed by primer extension sequencing (SHAPE-Seq).” (10.1073/pnas.1106501108) and “Modeling and automation of sequencing-based characterization of RNA structure.” (10.1073/pnas.1106541108) – came out on the heels of […]


RNA Engineering work is picked up by the media

What a great way to wrap up a Miller Fellowship.  Julius, Stanley Qi and Adam Arkin featured in a few stories about our versatile RNA transcription engineering recently published in PNAS (DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1015741108). ‘Biological Circuits for Synthetic Biology’ –http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Biological_Circuits_for_Synthetic_Biology_999.html And that’s the Arkin lab RNA bench where a lot of SHAPE-Seq […]


Coverstory: IEEE Spectrum

We were really lucky to get the IEEE Spectrum Cover this month for our article “Synthetic Biology’s Hunt for the Genetic Transistor” –http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/devices/synthetic-biologys-hunt-for-the-genetic-transistor/0 . This was a lot of fun writing, and I hope we were convincing that electronics analogies have a large role in Synthetic Biology, ONCE we master some […]