Our ROSALIND paper is published and featured in Northwestern Now!

Our most recent paper, “Cell-free biosensors for rapid detection of water contaminants,” is now published in Nature Biotechnology! This work has also been featured in Northwestern Now! In this paper, Lucks lab members Kirsten, Khalid, and Matt developed a novel biosensing platform called ROSALIND (RNA Output Sensors Activated by Ligand Induction). ROSALIND is an inContinue reading “Our ROSALIND paper is published and featured in Northwestern Now!”

Three Grad Students Join the Lab!

The Lucks lab is excited to welcome three new graduate students to the lab this academic year: Chloe Archuleta, David Bushhouse, and Laura Hertz! Chloe is a the Chemical and Biological Engineering PhD program, and David in Laura are in the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences (IBiS) PhD program. In her undergraduate research at Colorado School ofContinue reading “Three Grad Students Join the Lab!”

Kirsten wins Ryan Fellowship!

Congratulations to Kirsten Jung, a Chemical & Biological Engineering PhD candidate in the Lucks lab, for winning a Ryan Fellowship! Funded by donations from Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan, the Ryan Fellowship supports exceptional graduate students pursuing fundamental nanoscale science research and nanotechnology application development. On this fellowship, Kirsten plans to work on developingContinue reading “Kirsten wins Ryan Fellowship!”

Chloe wins two prestigious fellowships!

Congratulations to Lucks lab member Chloe Archuleta on being offered two fellowships this April! Chloe, a first year PhD student in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Program, was selected for the National Sciences Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) and the Department of Defense’s Nation Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program. During herContinue reading “Chloe wins two prestigious fellowships!”

Adam wins Presidential Fellowship!

Congratulations to Adam Silverman on winning a Northwestern University Presidential Fellowship! The Presidential Fellowship is the most prestigious award offered to graduate students by Northwestern. It is awarded to students who promise to combine outstanding intellectual or creative ability with the capacity to play an important leadership role not only in the Society of Fellows,Continue reading “Adam wins Presidential Fellowship!”

Lucks lab awarded collaborative NSF RAPID grant!

One of the major challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic has been shortages, slow speed, and cost of diagnostics tests. The Lucks lab hopes to change that. In a collaborative effort, the Lucks, Jewett, Leonard, and Mangan labs were awarded a National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research (NSF RAPID) grant to develop inexpensive, point-of-use diagnostics forContinue reading “Lucks lab awarded collaborative NSF RAPID grant!”

Angela successfully defends thesis!

The newest doctor in the Lucks lab, Dr. Angela Yu, defended her thesis this March! Because she could not present in person due to COVID-19, she adapted her defense for the videoconferencing platform Zoom. In this presentation, Angela demonstrated how her innovations in the computational platforms R2D2 and DUETT lead to a better understanding ofContinue reading “Angela successfully defends thesis!”

Luyi, Julius, and Sera present at AAAS meeting!

Lucks lab member Luyi Cheng, collaborator Dr. Sera Young, and Julius presented at the 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in February. In the panel “Managing Water: New Tools for Sustainable Development,” Julius and Sera were interviewed by Luyi about new tools for managing water sustainability. Luyi also presented on riboswitchesContinue reading “Luyi, Julius, and Sera present at AAAS meeting!”

Angela’s collaborative DUETT paper is now published in Bioinformatics!

Angela’s collaborative manuscript with the Bagheri lab,“DUETT quantitatively identifies known and novel events in nascent RNA structural dynamics from chemical probing data,” is now published in Bioinformatics! Detection of Unknown Events with Tunable Thresholds (DUETT) enables fast, systematic, and quantitative detection of cotranscriptional SHAPE-Seq reactivity changes, which only had been done by human visualization. The method is inspired byContinue reading “Angela’s collaborative DUETT paper is now published in Bioinformatics!”