Lucks Wins Sloan Research Fellowship
Julius B. Lucks, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and James C. and Rebecca Q. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow, has been named a 2013 Sloan Research Fellow. Started in 1955, the Sloan Research Fellowships have sought to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in 8 fields in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their fields.
Julius joins 11 other 2013 Sloan Fellows in the area of computational, evolutionary and molecular biology. His laboratory focuses on elucidating and engineering the sequence-structure-function relationship of noncoding RNAs - a class of molecules now known to play central roles in maintaining, regulating and defending the genomes of all organisms. Specific research projects being pursued in the Lucks Lab include the development of high throughput RNA structure characterization techniques using next generation sequencing, engineering RNA regulators for precise control of cellular function, uncovering the role of RNA structures in RNA viruses, and understanding the evolution of RNA regulation.