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I am a [http://millerinstitute.berkeley.edu/ Miller Fellow] at the University of California, Berkeley. With [http://genomics.lbl.gov/People.html Adam Arkin], I am working on developing genetic systems that compute.  I am also part of the [http://arxiv.org arXiv.org] project, where I am the lead developer of the [http://export.arxiv.org/api_help applications programming interface].
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.
== Projects ==
Check out my [[Lucks|oww home page]] for more info on the projects I am working on, and take a look at OWW's brand new [[Open_writing_projects|Open Writing Projects]] page where you will find a list of open access articles on how to improve your science!
== Interests ==
In addition to science, 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:
*How to make the literature system more efficient through better user interfaces to searching.  One of the main reasons for opening up the [http://arxiv.org arXiv] via an API is to allow the creation of better search interface tools - now its up to you to try out some crazy ideas!
*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]].
*Using the internet for fast publication of results.
**Broad community ranking of the usefulness/integrity of such results.
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!
== Tools I Like ==
'''Python''' - I used to use a lot of different languages for all my tasks, but now I consider Python as my one-stop-shop.  I do all sorts of stuff, from serious number crunching to making plots to scripting in it.  I firmly believe that python is the best scientific programming platform out there.
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.
Despite the languages listed above, I recently took the 'Which Programming Language Are You?' quiz, and found out that
<a href="http://www.bbspot.com/News/2006/08/language_quiz.php"><img
src="http://www.bbspot.com/Images/News_Features/2006/08/language/lisp.jpg" width="300" height="90"
border="0" alt="You are Lisp.  Very few people like you (Probably because you use too many parenthesis (You better stop it (Reallly)))"><br>Which Programming Language are You?</a>
Lisp is awesome.
== Inspiration ==
There are some really great thinkers out there ...
* [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:
**[http://www.paulgraham.com/love.html How to do what you Love]
**[http://www.paulgraham.com/procrastination.html Good and Bad Procrastination]
**[http://www.paulgraham.com/bronze.html Why Smart People Have Bad Ideas]
== OpenWetWare ==
*[[Special:Contributions/Lucks | My Contributions]]
== Science ==
===Research ===
My specific projects during graduate school have dealt with
*Unzipping DNA at a constant force
*Translocating RNA through nanopores
*Geometrical Defects in curved, two-dimensional crystals (related to viral capsids)
*Phage genome landscapes - a way to visualize important genomic features
My current research involves implementing computational architectures as genetic circuits inside cells.
=== Education ===
*Ph. D. in [http://www.chem.harvard.edu/ chemical physics] at [http://www.harvard.edu Harvard University].
*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]).
*B.S. in chemistry (Math minor) at the [http://www.chem.unc.edu/ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill].
=== Publications ===
J. B. Lucks ''Python - All a Scientist Needs''.
:OWW: [[Julius_B._Lucks/Projects/Python_All_A_Scientist_Needs|Article Page]] (FREE)
:Arxiv: [http://arxiv.org/abs/0803.1838 arXiv:0803.1838 (q-bio.QM)] (FREE)
J. B. Lucks, D. R. Nelson, G. Kudla, J. B. Plotkin. ''Genome landscapes and bacteriophage codon usage'', PLoS Computational Biology, '''4''', .1000001, 2008.
:DOI: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000001 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000001] (FREE)
:Arxiv: [http://www.arxiv.org/abs/0708.2038 arXiv:0708.2038v1 (q-bio.GN)] (FREE)
J. B. Lucks, Y. Kafri. ''Dynamics of RNA Translocation through a Nanopore''.
:Arxiv: [http://www.arxiv.org/abs/q-bio.BM/0703028 q-bio.BM/0703028] (FREE)
V. Vitelli, J. B. Lucks, D. R. Nelson. ''Crystallography on Curved Surfaces''. PNAS, '''103''', 12323-12328, 2006.
:DOI: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0602755103 10.1073/pnas.0602755103] (FREE)
:Arxiv: [http://www.arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0604203 cond-mat/0604203] (FREE)
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. 
:DOI: [http://dx.doi.org/10%2E1529/biophysj%2E104%2E047340 10.1529/biophysj.104.047340],
:Arxiv: [http://www.arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0406246 cond-mat/0406246] (FREE)
== Contact ==
My email address is lucks at fas dot harvard dot edu, or you can [[Special:Emailuser/Julius_B._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.