Eric wins talk award at FASEB’s Machine on Genes!

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Strobel, a Lucks Lab postdoc, on winning a short talk award on the FASEB “Machines on Genes” conference in Snowmass, Colorado! Eric gave a short 15 minute talk on his latest work from the lab, titled “Folding and Function of a ZTP Riboswitch.” Congrats!

Rebecca Rasmussen joins the lab!

The Lucks Lab welcomes Rebecca Rasmussen to the lab! Rebecca is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences graduate program and will be co-advised with the O’Halloran lab. Rebecca completed her undergraduate work at Northern Illinois University with a double major in Chemistry-Biochemistry and Music Performance. As an undergrad, Rebecca engineered and characterized single-variableContinue reading “Rebecca Rasmussen joins the lab!”

Our paper on RNA negative autoregulation is now published!

Research led by Lucks’ Lab PhD candidate Chelsea Hu was recently published in ACS Synthetic biology. The article, “Engineering a Functional Small RNA Negative Autoregulation Network with Model-Guided Design” expanded the repertoire of synthetic gene networks built from RNA regulators by constructing a transcriptional negative autoregulation (NAR) network out of small RNAs (sRNAs). NAR networkContinue reading “Our paper on RNA negative autoregulation is now published!”

A New Faculty Member in the Family – Melissa Takahashi to Join Cal State Northridge!

Welcome Professor Takahashi to Cal State Northridge! The Takahashi lab will focus on uncovering principles of RNA regulation in bacteria and make new tools for engineering bacteria and antimicrobials. For a blast from the past, Melissa was formative in many the investigations into RNA gene regulation when the lab was itself in its nascent state:Continue reading “A New Faculty Member in the Family – Melissa Takahashi to Join Cal State Northridge!”

Cameron’s latest work is now published online at Metabolic Engineering!

Research led by Lucks’ Lab PhD candidate Cameron Glasscock was recently published in Metabolic Engineering. The article, “A flow cytometric approach to engineering Escherichia coli for eukaryotic protein glycosylation,” was the result of a collaboration with the DeLisa lab at Cornell to develop a flow cytometry assay capable of rapidly screening variants of the eukaryoticContinue reading “Cameron’s latest work is now published online at Metabolic Engineering!”

Our first DARPA Biological Control Modeling Paper is Published!

Congratulations to Alex and the whole biological control team on getting our first modeling paper published in ACS Synthetic Biology! In this paper Deepak and Xun, with the help of Alex, Ryan and Colin, lead the team on developing simple models for CRISPR interference transcriptional repression and transcriptional activation with STARs and showed how theseContinue reading “Our first DARPA Biological Control Modeling Paper is Published!”

Kirsten and Walter join the lab!

The Lucks Lab is excited to (belatedly) announce that Kirsten Jung and Walter Thavarajah have joined the lab! Both Kirsten and Walter are Ph.D. students in Northwestern’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Kirsten joins us after completing her bachelors in Chemical Engineering with a minor in music (piano/oboe) from Columbia University in the CityContinue reading “Kirsten and Walter join the lab!”

Former postdoc James Chappell named a Sloan Foundation Research Fellow!

James Chappell, a former postdoc in the lab and now a professor at Rice University (https://www.chappell-lab.org), is one of 126 early career scholars recognized today as a 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow! For over 60 years the Sloan Foundation has awarded fellowships to early career scientists of exceptional promise. The Fellowship is one ofContinue reading “Former postdoc James Chappell named a Sloan Foundation Research Fellow!”

“Computational design of STARs for versatile and dynamic gene regulation” now published in Nature Communications!

  Research led by a former Lucks Lab postdoc, Dr. James Chappell (now an Assistant Professor in BioSciences at Rice University), was recently published in Nature Communications. The research article “Computational design of small transcription activating RNAs for versatile and dynamic gene regulation” describes the lab’s latest work on a novel and synthetic mechanism forContinue reading ““Computational design of STARs for versatile and dynamic gene regulation” now published in Nature Communications!”

Dr. Molly Evans joins the lab!

Dr. Molly Evans, Ph.D., has joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow! Molly comes to us from the opposite side of Chicago, where she recently defended her Ph.D. dissertation, “Expanding high-throughput sequencing to investigate RNA biology,” in the lab of Dr. Tao Pan (University of Chicago, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics). During her Ph.D. training, Molly developedContinue reading “Dr. Molly Evans joins the lab!”