Yearly Archives: 2012

SHAPE-Seq is on Wikipedia!

That’s right, SHAPE-Seq has its first official mention on the free online encyclopedia under the Nucleic Acid Structure Determination page. You can see the mention right after theSHAPE section. Here’s to more people using and improving SHAPE-Seq!

Julius wins Gates Grand Challenge Exploration Grant with Jeremy Thompson and Keith Perry!

Julius, Dr. Jeremy Thompson and Professor Keith Perry of Cornell Plant Sciences were recently awarded a Gates Grand Challenge Exploration Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. ( These grants are an extension of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s commitment to the Grand Challenges in Global Health, which […]

Lucks Lab Wins CBE Halloween Contest

The Lucks Lab descended from the Castle of Greyskull to claim this years CBE best halloween costume shield. It wasn’t that hard in the end as we simply unveiled our true nature as Masters of the Universe. Happy Halloween!

Julius Presents at Danforth Center Symposium

Julius was invited to present at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s 14th annual Fall symposium on “Explorations in Synthetic and Systems Biology”. The Danforth center in St. Louis was started in 2001 and is one of the country’s four largest non-profit plant research centers (along with Cornell’s own Boyce-Thompson Institute). […]

The RNA Mapping Database Paper is out!

Our collaborative paper with Rhiju Das’ lab at Stanford on the RNA mapping database (RMDB) is out in bioinformatics. Rhiju started the RMDB as a way to easily share RNA chemical and enzymatic probing data in a one-stop-shop resource with plenty of useful tools and such for getting access too and analyzing this […]

Kyle and Sarai pass their qualifying exam!

Congratulations Kyle and Sarai on successfully passing the qualifying exam with stellar marks. The ‘Q exam’ consists of evaluation of class performance as well as a research proposal complete with a project description, preliminary data and future aims. Everyone was very impressed by the quality of the proposals. It was […]

Kyle Wins Great Lakes Scholarship!

The Great Lakes National Scholarship recognizes outstanding students in STEM disciplines in undergraduate and graduate programs.  The award was initially open to 20,000 applicants, which were cut to around 2,000 in the first round.  Upon providing a faculty evaluation and further information, a final pool of 750 award winners were […]

Julius Speaks at Benasque RNA Bioinformatics Meeting

The fourth Benasque RNA Bioinformatics Meeting was this year in Benasque, Spain. Researchers from around the world gathered in a beautiful pyrenees town to talk all things RNA – from new folding algorithms, bioinformatic RNA searches, RNA visualization and more. Julius gave an introductory primer on experimental RNA structure probing […]

Julius wins 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award!

Julius has been named a 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award recipient. The DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) needs. In particular, YFA provides high-impact funding to the elite junior […]

Congratulations to Dr. Stanley Qi!

Stanley Qi recently graduated from UC Berkeley! I remember meeting Stanley in my first few days in the Arkin Lab, when neither of us knew the first thing about synthetic biology. I think it was our realization that through hard work and creativity we could just teach each other the […]

Julius named to editorial advisory board of ACS Synthetic Biology Journal

Julius has been named to the editorial advisory board of a new journal published by the American Chemical Society dedicated to research in synthetic biology and systems bioscience. The journal, headed by editor-in-chief Chris A. Voigt of MIT, is the first journal dedicated to the growing field of synthetic biology, and is already making […]

Kyle and Sarai win NSF Graduate Fellowships!

Kyle and Sarai have been awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship. The NSF graduate fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science and engineering, and is one of the most highly sought after awards at this stage of Kyle and Sarai’s careers. NSF fellows have gone on to become […]

Sarai Meyer joins the Lucks Lab!

Sarai graduated from Yale with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Sarai is interested in the principles of RNA design, and applying these to design new functionalities for RNAs. In her free time she enjoys dance, cooking and baking something delicious.