User:Julius B. Lucks

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[[Image:JBL.jpg|150px|left|Julius B. Lucks]]
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I am a recent(!) PhD from Harvard, where I worked on problems in biophysics related to viruses with [http://www.physics.harvard.edu/people/facpages/nelson.html David Nelson].  During my PhD, I became interested in problems ranging from structural properties of viral capsids (and the underlying theory of geometrical defects in curved lattices that is required), to understanding phage genomics.
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Currently, I am about to start a position at the [http://arxiv.org Physics Preprint arXiv] at Cornell with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ginsparg Paul Ginsparg], where I will stay until I start a [http://millerinstitute.berkeley.edu/ Miller Fellowship] with [http://genomics.lbl.gov/People.html Adam Arkin] in January '08.
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In addition to reading up on potential post-doc projects, I am a co-chair of the [[OpenWetWare:Steering_committee/Outreach_chairs|OWW Outreach Effort]] where we are coordinating local outreach officers to actively recruit new members to the OWW community.  Interested in becoming a local outreach member? - [[OpenWetWare_talk:Steering_committee/Outreach_chairs|contact us!]]
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I am an Assistant Professor in the [http://www.cheme.cornell.edu/ School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering] at Cornell University. Please visit my lab webpage at [http://luckslab.org http://luckslab.org] for more information about my research interests in unraveling the RNA sequence/structure/function code for biology, medicine and biotechnology.
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I am spending most of my free time writing a [http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Kuku game] for the [http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Image:Drawing75c1.jpg $100 Laptop] as part of the [http://wiki.laptop.org One Laptop Per Child Project].
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== Academics ==
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Check out my [[Lucks|oww home page]] for more info on the projects I am working on.
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== Interests ==
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In addition to biophysics, I am becoming more and more fascinated with how the internet can be used to make some of the common tasks in science more efficient.  I enjoy thinking about topics such as:
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*How to make the literature system more efficient through better user interfaces to searching.  To address this, a group of friends and I got together and made [http://maplit.hopto.org mapLit].  [http://maplit.hopto.org mapLit] is a new way to visualize literature search results that uses nested tree views for displaying related articles in context.  There are also convenience features that allow easy annotation of search results, saving of search results to work offline and share results, and the ability to connect saved searches online at a later date. We appreciate any [mailto:maplit@gmail.com feedback on mapLit!]
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*Low-overhead customizable databases for quick and flexible organization of data.  If you are interested in this topic, please add your comments to [[OpenWetWare:Software/Flexible_Science_Databases]].
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*Using the internet for fast publication of results.
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**Broad community ranking of the usefulness/integrity of such results.
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I hope to continue working on some of these ideas at the [http://arxiv.org arXiv].
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I recently started a project (with the same group of friends) making a [http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Kuku game] for the [http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Image:Drawing75c1.jpg $100 Laptop] as part of the [http://wiki.laptop.org One Laptop Per Child Project].  The game is a generalization of classic [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_Munchers Number Munchers], with question content derived from a whole range of topics including learning numbers, arithmetic, spelling, vocabulary, you name it!
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== Tools I Like ==
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*Python
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**[http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/3882 Eric Raymond's thoughts] on Python vs. Perl
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*Perl
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**Perl-CGI - check out [http://slyjbl.hopto.org/PLD/ The Pica Literature Database]
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*[http://www.rubyonrails.org/ Ruby on Rails]
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**If you haven't seen the [http://www.rubyonrails.org/screencasts screencasts], they will blow your mind.
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I have always wanted to write a series of articles on great scientific tools.  I have started one, [[Lucks/Scientific_Pipelines|Scientific Pipelines]], that I hope turns into a nice resource for someone just entering into scientific programming.
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Despite the languages listed above, I recently took the 'Which Programming Language Are You?' quiz, and found out that
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Lisp has been on my list to learn for a while now - even more reason to do so.
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== Inspiration ==
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There are some really great thinkers out there ...
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* [http://www.paulgraham.com/articles.html Paul Graham's] essays are fantastic.  He has a lot to say about young people full of creative energy - from how they like to work, to common pitfalls they encounter.  If any of you have a need to hear some advice from someone who understands the way you think and work, check these out.  In particular I like:
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**[http://www.paulgraham.com/love.html How to do what you Love]
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**[http://www.paulgraham.com/procrastination.html Good and Bad Procrastination]
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**[http://www.paulgraham.com/bronze.html Why Smart People Have Bad Ideas]
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== OpenWetWare ==
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*[[Special:Contributions/Lucks | My Contributions]]
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== Science ==
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===Research ===
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My specific projects deal with
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*Unzipping DNA at a constant force
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*Translocating RNA through nanopores
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*Geometrical Defects in curved, two-dimensional crystals (related to viral capsids)
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*Phage genome landscapes - a way to visualize important genomic features
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=== Education ===
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*Ph. D. candidate in [http://www.chem.harvard.edu/ chemical physics] at [http://www.harvard.edu Harvard University].
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*M. Phil. in theoretical physics at the [http://www-theor.ch.cam.ac.uk/ CUC3] at [http://www.cam.ac.uk/ Cambridge University] ([http://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/ Churchill College]).
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*B.S. in chemistry (Math minor) at the [http://www.chem.unc.edu/ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill].
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=== Publications ===
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J. D. Weeks, J. B. Lucks, Y. Kafri, C. Danilowicz, D. R. Nelson and M. Prentiss. ''Pause Point Spectra in DNA Constant-Force Unzipping'', Biophysical Journal, '''88''', 2752-2765, 2005. 
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:DOI: [http://dx.doi.org/10%2E1529/biophysj%2E104%2E047340 10.1529/biophysj.104.047340],
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:Arxiv: [http://www.arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0406246 cond-mat/0406246] (FREE)
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V. Vitelli, J. B. Lucks, D. R. Nelson. ''Crystallography on Curved Surfaces''. PNAS, '''103''', 12323-12328, 2006.
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:DOI: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0602755103 10.1073/pnas.0602755103] (FREE)
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:Arxiv: [http://www.arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0604203 cond-mat/0604203] (FREE)
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J. B. Lucks, Y. Kafri. ''Dynamics of RNA Translocation through a Nanopore''.
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:Arxiv: [http://www.arxiv.org/abs/q-bio.BM/0703028 q-bio.BM/0703028] (FREE)
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J. B. Lucks, D. R. Nelson, G. Kudla, J. B. Plotkin. ''Genome landscapes and bacteriophage codon usage''.
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:Arxiv: [http://www.arxiv.org/abs/0708.2038 arXiv:0708.2038v1 (q-bio.GN)] (FREE)
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== Contact ==
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My email address is lucks at fas dot harvard dot edu, or you can [[Special:Emailuser/Lucks|email me]] through OWW.
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Julius B. Lucks

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. Please visit my lab webpage at http://luckslab.org for more information about my research interests in unraveling the RNA sequence/structure/function code for biology, medicine and biotechnology.








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