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Julius Lucks recipient of an Early Career Development Award

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Julius Lucks recipient of an Early Career Development Award

Julius Lucks is the recipient of a 2015 Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. The Career award is the most prestigious recognition given by the NSF to teacher-scholars early in their academic careers. It is designed to support the development of junior faculty members of exceptional promise who demonstrate creativity in research, teaching, and outreach.

Julius' NSF Career proposal, titled 'Uncovering Quantitative Design Principles of RNA Regulators for Synthetic Biology,' aims to pioneer quantitative, multi-level design principles for RNA structure/function relationships. Julius proposes to use this knowledge to create new types of RNA-mediated genetic controls and new RNA genetic networks for tailoring gene expression logic and dynamics. The work builds upon recent efforts in his group that lead to the creation of a new RNA-based genetic regulatory mechanism called STARs, which can be used to selectively activate gene expression. Julius' work on STARs will soon appear in Nature Chemical Biology.

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