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!
Jeff Tabor, a rising star in synthetic biology now at Rice wrote an excellent news and views article about our recent Nature Methods paper on engineering RNA transcriptional regulators. This is a particularly exciting paper led by Chang Liu in the Arkin Lab (soon to be at UC Irvine) where we were […]
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. (http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/GrantsAwarded.aspx?Round=9&Phase=1). These grants are an extension of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s commitment to the Grand Challenges in Global Health, which […]
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!
Yueting Zhang has officially started in the lab as our first post-doc ever! Welcome Yueting!
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). […]
This was another great SynBERC retreat with a couple of milestones for the lab. Melissa gave a fantastic talk on her attenuator engineering work – the first talk to come out of the lab! David’s SHAPE-Seq poster had a line of visitors too! Here we are making an obligatory pilgrimage […]
Welcome to Tim Abbott, a sophomore ChemE who will work with Kyle on an interesting project about RNA-protein interactions. Welcome Tim!
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 […]
Every week, The Cornell Daily Sun, features a different professor in their column ‘The Scientist’. This week, the Sun’s Sarah Cohen wrote about one of the Lucks Lab’s goals of creating biological components out of RNA to engineer cellular circuitry. They also had enough space to say a few words […]
Welcome to our newest undergraduate researcher, Sitara Sankar! Sitara is a sophmore BEE student who will work with Sarai on studying RNA-ligand interactions. Welcome Sitara!
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
Julius recently gave a talk on the SHAPE-Seq pipeline at the Upstate NY Illumina Users group meeting. It was a great opportunity to see all the exciting developments coming out of Illumina, and to share some of that SHAPE-Seq goodness.
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 […]
Farren Isaacs, a pioneer of RNA synthetic biology now at Yale University (see two of his classic papers here and here) wrote an excellent news and views article about our recent Nature Chemical Biology paper on rationally designing orthogonal RNA translation regulators. Farren does an excellent job of placing our work in the context […]
Helen tan was awarded summer research funding as part of Cornell’s engineering learning initiatives (ELI) program. The ELI program enhances undergraduate learning by providing opportunities for students to engage in cooperative learning and undergraduate research. As part of this program, Helen will be working with David this summer on a project to […]
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 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 […]
Another fine piece of work done while Julius was a Miller Fellow in the Arkin Lab RNA SynBio group. In this paper, we show how to use computational methods to uncover key determinants of RNA-RNA interaction specificity in a trans-acting RNA mechanism that regulates translation (the RNA-IN/OUT system from transposon […]
This is a fine piece of work done while Julius was a Miller Fellow in the Arkin Lab RNA SynBio group. In the paper, we show how naturally-occurring trans-acting RNAs can be fused to aptamers (RNA structures that bind to other biomolecules) to allosterically control their regulatory function. Along the […]
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.