Mainstream National Media and Science Features


DNA finds pollutants in green-glowing water test,” Scientific American, December 2020.

Every toilet flush reveals a clue in fight to stop COVID-19,” Chicago Tribune, November 17, 2020.

Local researchers developing at-home kit for faster water contamination testing,” WGN, July 14, 2020.

Using sewage to track COVID-19,” The 21st show, June 9, 2020.

Sewage may help predict future outbreaks. Chicago researchers aim to test hundreds or thousands of manholes at a time,” Chicago Tribune, May 20, 2020

Northwestern university scientists sprint to develop new kind of rapid coronavirus test” Chicago Tribune, April 21, 2020


Researchers bring biotech to farmers worldwide with Plant-Dx,” Planet Forward, February 8, 2019.


Interview with a scientist: Julius Lucks, Shape Seeker,” NIH NIGMS Biomedical Beat Blog, July 18, 2018.


“SEED 2016: Welcome to Chicago!” PLoS Blogs, July 29, 2016.


Life hackers seek new tools,” Nature, June 14, 2011.

Also Quoted In


Synthetic biology sparks promise of medical, energy advances,” Arizona State Full Circle, August 2, 2018.


Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells,” IEEE Spectrum, July 26, 2017.

Bacterial Photography Goes Technicolor,” The Scientist, May 22, 2017.

Group Seeks to Overturn Patent Ruling on Breakthrough Gene Technology,” The Wall St. Journal, April 13, 2017.


A new paper-based test for the Zika virus,” MIT News, May 6, 2016.


Synthetic Biologists Create Paper-Based Diagnostic for Ebola,” MIT Technology Review, October 24, 2014.


What Are Genetically Recoded Organisms?” Popular Science, October 17, 2013.


Tailor-Made Genome,” The Scientist, July 18, 2011.

Northwestern News Features


National Science Foundation Grant Opens New Doors for Center of Synthetic Biology,” Northwestern Engineering News, August 7, 2020

Northwestern researchers hope to democratize drinking water tests through ROSALIND,” The Daily Northwestern, July 12, 2020

Meet ROSALIND,” Northwestern Now, July 6, 2020

Three scientists named finalists for Blavatnik National Awards,” Northwestern Now, June 17, 2020.

Julius Lucks Named Finalist for Blavatnik National Awards,” Northwestern Engineering News, June 17, 2020.

Rising to the challenge,” Northwestern Engineering Magazine, April, 2020.

Synthetic biology comes of age,” Northwestern Engineering Magazine, April, 2020.

One-step diagnostic tool receives NSF RAPID grant,” Northwestern Now, April 20, 2020.

Substance use disorders, improving water security are research highlights at AAAS,” Northwestern Now, February 17, 2020.

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