Dr. Luke Daniels Biology Associate Professor
Luke Daniels is an Associate Professor of Biology. He regularly teaches Introductory Biology, Neurobiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Bioinformatics, and an introductory course called Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: An Introduction to Neuroscience. This past year, he co-developed and led an interdisciplinary study abroad course in Ecuador: Spanish for Health Care Practitioners.
Professor Daniels’ scholarly interests include sensory biology—especially the processes that allow organisms to detect physical and chemical stimuli in their environment. The goal of Professor Daniels’ current research is to understand cellular signaling in brain tumors such as glioblastoma multiforme. Professor Daniels regularly works with students in collaborative research projects, and his lab has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and the Mountain State Tumor Institute. Students in the Daniels lab use a number of techniques in their research, including cell culture, molecular biology, fluorescence microscopy, live cell calcium imaging, and computer analyses of biological data (bioinformatics).
Professor Daniels believes that hands-on experiences are an important aspect of science education. He has led projects that have competitively awarded College of Idaho membership into two national teaching consortiums, the Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute Science Education Alliance and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory RNA-Seq for the Next Generation project. These projects allow students to participate in authentic research experiences in the classroom, and have resulted in students identifying new microorganisms and receiving co-authorship credit in peer-reviewed scientific articles.
Professor Daniels enjoys the close-knit, collaborative atmosphere among faculty and students at the College of Idaho. He lives with his wife and two young sons, and in his free time enjoys mountain biking and skiing.
Prior to arriving at the College of Idaho in 2009, Professor Daniels completed a B.S. in Biology at Seattle Pacific University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Southern California. An assortment of other experiences have contributed to his personal and professional development, including working in the biotechnology industry, adjunct teaching, travelling in Central and South America, and summer jobs in construction while in high school and college. Professor Daniels has authored or co-authored 15 conference abstracts, 7 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 23 GenBank records, and was a 2014 Finalist in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Flame Challenge.
- Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Southern California, 2009
- B.S. Biology, Seattle Pacific University, 2001