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!”

Matt and Walter win BTP Cluster Fellowships!

Congratulations to Lucks Lab graduate students Matthew Verosloff and Walter Thavarajah for winning Biotechnology Training Program (BTP) Cluster Fellowships! The Northwestern Biotechnology Training Program is an interdepartmental program that promotes interdisciplinary education in biotechnology. Cluster members benefit from 6 months of funding support, networking opportunities with academic and industrial leaders in biotechnology, seminars on variousContinue reading “Matt and Walter win BTP Cluster Fellowships!”

Adam awarded a Ryan Fellowship!

The Lucks lab would like to congratulate Adam Silverman, a Chemical & Biological Engineering PhD candidate in the lab, on winning a Ryan Fellowship! The Ryan Fellowship, funded by donations from Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan, supports exceptional graduate students in researching fundamental nanoscale science and developing practical nanotechnology applications. Through this fellowship, AdamContinue reading “Adam awarded a Ryan Fellowship!”

Khalid named a 40 Under 40 Chicago Scientist!

Congratulations to Dr. Khalid Alam, co-founder of Stemloop and former Lucks lab postdoctoral fellow, for being named a 40 Under 40 Chicago Scientist! This award recognizes young scientists who are translating innovative science into real-world applications that could benefit society. Khalid was recognized for his work in developing low-cost, easy-to-use cell-free biosensors that could beContinue reading “Khalid named a 40 Under 40 Chicago Scientist!”

Khalid selected for elite entrepreneurship program at Argonne!

The Lucks lab is excited to announce that Dr. Khalid Alam was selected to join Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI)! Khalid was one of five innovators chosen for CRI cohort 3 out of more than 120 applicants in a two-part pitch competition. CRI is a two-year program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne NationalContinue reading “Khalid selected for elite entrepreneurship program at Argonne!”