Yearly Archives: 2014


Sarai and David pass their A exams!

Both Sarai and David successfully defended their A exams within the last week to officially become PhD Candidates! They both did an excellent job putting their research into context and describing their fantastic progress towards their thesis research. Everyone was very impressed! Congratulations Sarai and David!


Karl Brennan joins the lab!

  Karl is the latest addition to the Lucks Group. Karl is interested in engineering RNAs to control all aspects of gene expression, and how this can be linked to biotechnology applications. Welcome Karl!


Our SHAPE-Seq v2.0 Paper is Out!

David, Kyle and Alex just published their SHAPE-Seq 2.0 paper in Nucleic Acids Research. This paper was a monumental amount of work, and aimed to address two big issues in the SHAPE-Seq experiment – examining whether or not there were biases in the experiment due to the various steps of […]


Julius joins Computational Biology Field

The Lucks Lab was recently admitted into the Cornell Field of Computational Biology. Cornell’s field system allows faculty members to create bridges between departments, and is one of the features of Cornell that fosters its highly collaborative environment. Joining the field of computational biology will allow the lab to push […]


Rebecca wins an ELI Scholarship!

  Rebecca was awarded 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, Rebecca will be working with Sarai on uncovering the design principles that underlie […]


Angela Yu Rotates in the Lab!

Angela Yu is rotating in the lab from the Tri-Institutional computational biology and medicine program. Angela got her undergraduate degree in computational biology at UPenn. She’ll be working on some new computational RNA folding projects in her rotation. Welcome Angela!


Lucks Lab Featured in Engineering College Magazine

The Lucks Lab is featured in the recent Cornell Engineering Magazine. The article, entitled ‘Code Breaker’, delves into the lab’s quest to unlock the secrets of RNA molecules to both understand and engineer living systems. The article also dives into some of the twists and turns in Julius’ career trajectory, […]


Kyle Passes his A Exam!

    Congratulations to Kyle for passing his A exam and ascending to PhD candidacy! Kyle did a fantastic job telling us all about his SHAPE-Seq innovations. Congratulations Kyle!


Helen and Matt Graduate!

  Congratulations to Helen and Matt for graduating in the Cornell Class of 2014! Helen is off to apply her Chemical Engineering skills to the problems faced by wine production at the E. & J. Gallo Winery in Livingston, CA. In fact, her first job will be as a project […]


Sitara wins Best Poster in Applied Research at CURB Spring Forum

  Sitara was recently honored with Best Poster in the Applied Research category at the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board’s Spring Forum.  Her poster, entitled “Engineering Light-Activated RNA Gene Regulators,” covered her work over the past year.  Together with Sarai and Rebecca, Sitara has characterized interactions between RNA aptamers and their […]


Tim Wins Cornell Engineering Undergraduate Research Award

    Tim is the recipient of the 2014 Cornell Engineering Alumni Association Undergraduate Research Award! Given to the most outstanding undergraduate researcher in the whole Engineering College, this award is one of the highest honors bestowed on undergraduate researchers. Tim received the award because of his extreme enthusiasm, hard […]


Our ACS SynBio Paper on Fast RNA Circuitry is Out!

  Melissa and James’ paper on characterizing the fast dynamics of RNA genetic circuitry is out! We have been hypothesizing for a while that RNA-only circuits would be fast compared to protein circuits because RNAs degrade faster than proteins. (To understand why the speed of genetic circuits is determined by […]


Tim wins an ELI scholarship!

  Tim was awarded 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, Tim will be working with Kyle on continuing to use SHAPE experiments to […]