Julius is the recipient of a 2015 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. According to the NSF, “the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.”
The Lucks Lab will use this award to uncover quantitative design principles of RNA regulators for synthetic biology. In particular, the award will be used to merge our understanding of RNA gene regulators and circuits, with our ability to uncover RNA structure at unprecedented throughput with SHAPE-Seq, to help further the creation of a true discipline of RNA engineering that can play pivotal roles in bioengineering and synthetic biology. This research will be integrated into several educational areas during the next five years, including Julius’ new course at Cornell on Advanced Principles of Biomolecular Engineering, and through immersive research projects in the Cold Spring Harbor Summer Course in Synthetic Biology.