Who is the new super postdoc on the right? And what is she got up her sleeve?
This just speaks for itself …
Our review was recently featured in a Biotechnology Journal Editorial by Kristala Prather and Ali Khademhosseini – “Biomolecular Engineering – latest advances and applications.” In the editorial, Julius’s talk from the 2013 ICBE meeting – “A Family of Orthogonal Chimeric Antisense RNA Transcription Regulators” (based on Melissa’s NAR Paper) was highlighted along […]
Julius recently attended the NIH High-Risk High-Reward symposium in Bethesda, MD as part of our NIH New Innovator Award. It was truly an amazing group of people with talks from some of the most innovative researchers supported by the NIH!
Ray Zhuang, a junior CBE major in the Lucks Lab has been chosen by Genentech to win the Scheele Outstanding Junior Award. The award “recognizes a student who excels in scholarship, leadership, and campus activities, and is given to a student who “upon graduation will be a positive reflection of […]
Welcome to the four new CBE graduate students in the lab: Chelsea Hu, Paul Carlson, Alexandra Westbrook and Cameron Glasscock!
Julius was recently quoted in “What Are Genetically Recoded Organisms?” in Popular Science by Francie Diep. The article is a nice read about the Isaacs’ lab recent Science paper “Genomically Recoded Organisms Expand Biological Functions”. The paper describes the first complete milestone of the rEcoli project (see here for an […]
Sarai won the Best Poster Award at the 4th annual CBE Graduate Research Symposium for her poster “Engineering Light Activated RNA Transcriptional Switches”. Students and faculty from all of the broad research areas covered by CBE vote on the best poster awards, reflecting Sarai’s great job in communicating her research […]
Our review paper “The Centrality of RNA for Engineering Gene Expression” is out! The review covers the ethos of the lab, and has three main sections: an update of all the known natural and synthetic RNA-based regulatory mechanisms out there, an outline of computational RNA structure prediction tools and how they have […]
Julius was quoted in the recent article “DARPA Courts Biotech Researchers” on the benefits of the DARPA YFA program getting junior faculty into the DARPA system. It is an interesting read about the role DARPA can play alongside more traditional funders like the NIH to continue to propel biotech research. See the […]
Julius has been named a New Innovator by the Director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins. The goal of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program is to support exceptionally creative new investigators who propose highly innovative projects that have the potential for unusually high impact. The […]
Julius and Melissa have helped create the first Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) summer course on synthetic biology. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has hosted summer courses and conferences on important topics of biology for over 65 years. Notable past courses include Max Delbruck’s original phage course, which helped crystallize the […]
Julius recently became a field member of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology (BMCB) at Cornell. Cornell’s unique field faculty system is an embodiment of the interdisciplinary spirit throughout the university, and is one of the things that make it truly stand out as a fantastic place to do science. Field faculty […]
Rebecca is our newest undergraduate in the lab, working with Sarai on engineering RNA switches. She is also part of Cornell’s 2013 iGem team which is off to a great start. Welcome Rebecca!
Julius has been named a James C. and Rebecca Q. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow in honor of the generous gift of the Morgans for recruiting emerging “stars” to the Cornell Faculty as part of the Faculty Renewal Sesquicentennial Challenge (http://as.cornell.edu/alumni/sesqui-challenge.cfm). More information at http://www.cheme.cornell.edu/news/index.cfm?news_id=62848 .
The whole lab went up to be a part of the first Gordon Conference on Synthetic Biology: (Re-)constructing and Re-programming Life. Certain to be an historic event, it was a great opportunity to network with the leaders in the field and share some of what is going on in the lab. […]
Melissa’s paper has been published in Nucleic Acids Research! A modular strategy for engineering orthogonal chimeric RNA transcription regulators outlines our new approach to creating basic RNA transcriptional regulators that can be used to build genetic networks. The background of the approach can be found here, where we showed how RNA-based transcription attenuators […]
Melissa is now officially the first PhD candidate from the lab – congratulations Melissa!
Sitara and Tim were 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, Sitara and Tim will be working with Sarai and Kyle on […]
Julius has been named a 2013 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award recipient. The ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The program aims to attract these rising stars to the Department of Navy’s […]
Ray has been awarded a prestigious Amgen Research Scholarship to perform research at UC Berkeley this summer. The Amgen scholars program provides support for the country’s best and brightest undergraduate researchers to expand their research experiences. It is a highly competitive process and a great honor. Good work Ray!
Since 1955, the Sloan Research Fellowships have sought to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in 8 fields in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Previous Sloan […]
Misha and Alex are the two newest undergraduates in the group. Misha will be working with Melissa on engineering RNA circuitry, and Alex will be working with Kyle to dissect RNA structures in the cucumber mosaic virus genome as part of our Gates grant. Welcome to the lab!
The 4th International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering just wrapped up. The entire conference (co-organized by Kristala Prather (MIT) and Ali Khademhosseini (Harvard)) was a fantastic combination of work on synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, protein engineering and the latest biomolecular engineering tools. Julius presented Melissa’s latest work on engineering larger families […]
Current Protocols in Chemical Biology has just published our SHAPE-Seq protocol paper “SHAPE-Seq: High-Throughput RNA Structure Analysis”. The full text can be found here. This is the best place to start to get a sense of the background behind the technique, and a very detailed step-by-step protocol of all aspects of […]