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Lucks Chosen to be US Chair of Synthetic Biology Working Group

Monday, November 3, 2014

Julius B. Lucks, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been selected to be the US Chair of the Synthetic Biology Working Group that is part of the EU-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research. Founded in 1990 by the European Commission and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the EU-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research aims to coordinate efforts to promote research on biotechnology and its applications for the benefit of society. Through strategic planning and working groups, the Task Force has played a key role in establishing emerging scientific fields including bioinformatics, nanobiotechnology, systems biology and synthetic biology.

As US chair of the Synthetic Biology Working Group, Lucks will be responsible for organizing meetings and workshops to solidify transatlantic connections between researchers at the forefront of this emerging field. Many of these workshops are designed to foster exchange of views and collaboration in areas such as technical standards in synthetic biology, orthogonality of re-usable biological components, minimal genomes, ethics, biosafety, biosecurity and education. Lucks will coordinate these activities with other members of the US working group, and their EU counterparts.

The Lucks 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, and engineering RNA regulators for precise control of cellular function.

For more information on the EU-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research see http://ec.europa.eu/research/biotechnology/eu-us-task-force/index_en.cfm .

For more information about the Lucks lab please visit http://luckslab.org .

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