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 faculty early in their careers in order to develop their research ideas in the context of DoD issues. The long term goal of the program is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers, biologists and mathematicians in key disciplines of interest to DARPA who will focus a significant portion of their career on DoD and National Security issues.
As part of the two year program, the Lucks Lab will develop their cutting-edge RNA structure measurement technology into a platform for engineering RNA regulatory switches that can be used to create complex genetic networks inside living cells. This research will also be integrated with DARPA’s new Living Foundries program that seeks to create the engineering framework for biology, speeding the biological design-build-test cycle and expanding the complexity of systems that can be engineered.
More information on the DARPA Living Foundries Program at –http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/MTO/Programs/Living_Foundries.aspx . More information on the YFA program at –http://www.darpa.mil/Opportunities/Universities/Young_Faculty_Award_Recipients_2012.aspx .(Picture with YFA Program Officer William Casebeer (right) and MTO Director Tom Lee (left). And yes that is an authentic Churchill College Tie).