Julius B. Lucks

Assistant Professor
James C. and Rebecca Q. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow

School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Cornell University
120 Olin Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

Phone: 607-255-3601
Email: jblucks(at)cornell(dot)edu


B.S. Chemistry, UNC Chapel Hill – 2001
M.Phil. Theoretical Chemistry, Cambridge University – 2002
Ph.D. Chemical Physics, Harvard University – 2002-2007
Miller Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley 2008-2011
Professional Experience

Assistant Professor Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University – 2011-Present
Field Member, Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology, Cornell – 2013-Present
Field Member, Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell – 2014-Present
Field Member, Computational Biology, Cornell – 2014-Present
US Chair, US/EU Biotechnology Task Force Synthetic Biology Working Group – 2014-Present
Instructor and Co-Creator, Cold Spring Harbor Course on Synthetic Biology – 2013-Present
James C. and Rebecca Q. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow, Cornell – 2012-Present
Affiliated Investigator, NSF Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center – 2011-Present
Miller Fellow Postdoctoral Associate, Bioengineering, UC, Berkeley, CA – 2008-2011
Postdoctoral Associate, Information Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY – 2007
Visiting Scholar, Theoretical Physics, Institute Marie Curie, Paris, Fr – 2005
Editorial Board, ACS Synthetic Biology – 2011-Present
Awards and Honors

2015 NSF CAREER Award
2013 NIH New Innovator Award
2013 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator
2013 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
2012 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award
2012 James C. and Rebecca Q. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow
2008-2011 Miller Research Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
2002-2007 John and Fannie Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellow
2002 Robert Karplus Prize Fellowship in Chemical Physics, Harvard University
2001 Winston Churchill Scholarship, Churchill College, Cambridge University
2001 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (Declined, Duplicate Funding)
2001 Department of Defense Graduate Fellowship (Declined, Duplicate Funding)
2000-2001 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, Univ. North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2001 Francis P. Venable Medal, Univ. North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2001 Academic Excellence in Physical Chemistry, Univ. North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2000 Phi Beta Kappa, Univ. North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2000 NSF REU Fellowship, Univ. Colorado, Boulder
1999 American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Award

Julius B. Lucks is Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University, and a James C. and Rebecca Q. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow. After attending the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics for high school, he became an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he performed research in organic synthesis and the application of density functional theory to studying the electronic properties of atoms and molecules as a Goldwater Scholar. After graduating with a BS in Chemistry, he spent a summer working with Robert Parr before obtaining an M. Phil. in Theoretical Chemistry at Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar. As a Hertz Fellow at Harvard University, he researched problems in theoretical biophysics including RNA folding and translocation, viral capsid structure and viral genome organization, under David R. Nelson. As a Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley in the laboratory of Adam P. Arkin, he engineered versatile RNA-sensing transcriptional regulators that can be easily reconfigured to independently regulate multiple genes, logically control gene expression, and propagate signals as RNA molecules in gene networks. He also lead the team that developed SHAPE-Seq, an experimental technique that utilizes next generation sequencing for probing RNA secondary and tertiary structures of hundreds of RNAs in a single experiment.

Professor Lucks’ research combines both experiment and theory to ask fundamental questions about the design principles that govern how RNAs fold and function in living organisms, and how these principles can be used to engineer biomolecular systems, and open doors to new medical therapeutics.