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Lucks named James C. and Rebecca Q. Morgan Sesquicentennial Fellow

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Assistant Professor Julius B. Lucks

Professor Julius Lucks has been named a James C. and Rebecca Q. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow in honor of the generous gift of the Morgans for recruiting emerging "stars" to the Cornell Faculty as part of the Faculty Renewal Sesquicentennial Challenge (

Dr. Lucks received a BS in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Goldwater scholar, an M. Phil in Theoretical Chemistry from Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar, and a PhD in Chemical Physics from Harvard University while he was a Hertz Fellow. He completed postdoctoral work in bioengineering as a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley before joining the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell as an Assistant Professor in July, 2011. His research is at the forefront of biomolecular engineering and has been featured in the popular scientific press, including Nature. His research group asks fundamental questions about how RNA molecules fold and function in living organisms, and how this knowledge can be used to design RNA regulators for engineering organisms in a rational way.

Professor Lucks was the first scientist to realize that the enormous power of DNA sequencing could be combined with biochemical methods to create a massively parallel technique to characterize RNA structures and interactions. The Lucks group utilizes core chemical engineering principles to develop and apply this technology with the aim of creating a new paradigm for understanding RNA’s role in the central processes of life, and to change the way we think about utilizing RNA to engineer biological systems to solve problems in biology, medicine, and biotechnology.

More information about the Lucks group can be found at


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