Rebecca wins NSF GRFP!

Congratulations to our very own Rebecca Rasmussen for winning a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! Rebecca is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences graduate program at Northwestern and is co-advised by Tom O’Halloran. Rebecca is working on dissecting cryptic regulatory networks that govern responses to metals and is a CLP Predoctoral Fellow! CongratsContinue reading “Rebecca wins NSF GRFP!”

Matt wins best flash talk at Northwestern’s Biomedical Career Development Forum!

Congratulations to Lucks’s Lab graduate student Matt Verosloff for taking 1st place in the Northwestern Biomedical Career Development Forum Flash Talks! Matt was selected to give a flash talk after impressing the judges during an evening of poster presentations. His flash talk focused on his recent publication on the PLANT-Dx platform in ACS Synthetic Biology describingContinue reading “Matt wins best flash talk at Northwestern’s Biomedical Career Development Forum!”

With Matt’s PLANT-Dx paper and our feature on Planet Forward, the Lucks Lab makes its official foray into diagnostics!

The Lucks Lab is excited to announce the first of many papers describing our work in developing point-of-use (POU) diagnostics! Published in ACS Synthetic Biology and led by PhD candidate Matthew Verosloff and former Lucks Lab postdoc James Chappell (now a professor at Rice), PLANT-Dx (Point of use Laboratory for Nucleic Acid in a Tube) combinesContinue reading “With Matt’s PLANT-Dx paper and our feature on Planet Forward, the Lucks Lab makes its official foray into diagnostics!”

Adam’s paper on “Deconstructing Cell-Free Extract Preparation” now published at ACS Syn Bio!

Adam Silverman’s paper, “Deconstructing Cell-Free Extract Preparation for in Vitro Activation of Transcriptional Genetic Circuitry,” is now published in ACS Synthetic Biology!     The manuscript, a collaboration with the Jewett lab, uncovers the relationship behind the methods for producing bacterial extracts for cell-free protein synthesis and the extracts’ protein productivity in vitro. Adam’s work findsContinue reading “Adam’s paper on “Deconstructing Cell-Free Extract Preparation” now published at ACS Syn Bio!”

Adam passes his PhD candidacy exam!

Congratulations to Adam Silverman on passing his Chemical and Biological Engineering PhD candidacy exam! Adam was the first Northwestern student to join the lab (excluding the Cornell graduate students who transferred to NU). Congrats!

Lucks Lab wins a Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration Grant

The Lucks Lab is pleased to announce that they are recipients of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration Grant. This award is designed to inspire novel research projects aimed at improving global living standards. The Gates foundation is seeking to support Dr. Lucks and his group in their work developing robust andContinue reading “Lucks Lab wins a Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration Grant”

Our Cell Snapshot on RNA structure probing is published!

Paul, Molly, Angela, and Eric’s survey of RNA structure probing technologies is out in Cell! This “Snapshot” piece is a short, easy-to-digest overview of the field of RNA structure probing. It provides an intro to the chemical probing workflow and the concept of “reactivity”, an overview of commonly-used chemical probes, and highlights the wide arrayContinue reading “Our Cell Snapshot on RNA structure probing is published!”

Adam Silverman wins TA award!

Adam Silverman is a recipient of the 2018 John Thodos Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. This annual award is given to three graduate students in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department after nominations from students and faculty. Way to go, Adam!