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  Douglas B. Luckie, Ph.D

   Department of Physiology
   and Lyman Briggs College

   Associate Professor
   Michigan State University
   2140 Biomedical Sciences Building, 884-5011
   W-26D Holmes Hall, 353-4606

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I am an Associate Professor at Michigan State University and I am appointed both in the Lyman Briggs College and in the Department of Physiology. In 1987 I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Penn State, and in 1992 I completed my Ph.D. in Molecular Physiology at the University of Virginia. After four years of pursuing postdoctoral research on the disease cystic fibrosis at Stanford University, in 1996 I happily joined the faculty at MSU's Lyman Briggs College and Department of Physiology. The faculty, staff and students in Physiology and at Lyman Briggs College are amazing. Physiology faculty are driven to understand how the vast array of molecular and cellular events work inside the human body. Lyman Briggs College has brillant students, engaged faculty & staff, and the goal to provide both a solid education in the sciences and humanities, as well as a driving interest in collecting evidence that its' students are actually learning well.

In Lyman Briggs College I teach undergraduate courses like Cell and Molecular Biology (LB-145), Organismal Biology (LB-144), Advanced Experimentation (LB-347) and Senior Seminar (LB-492). I am fascinated by what goes on in living organisms at the cellular and molecular level, and how that is connected with the physiology of the whole organism. I consider teaching my best chance to stimulate students to become active participants in learning and researching science. I believe my knowledge of human physiology at the system and molecular levels, coupled with my genetic disease research background, enables me to teach students molecular or cell biology's relevance to their life and modern medicine. 

In my CF research laboratory and STEM Learning laboratory in the Department of Physiology (2100 Biomedical Sciences Bldg, 517-884-5011), I pursue both my discipline-based research into the disease, cystic fibrosis (CF), as well as study student learning in the sciences. My CF research is focused on the elucidation of the underlying physiological processes that have been disturbed in the disease cystic fibrosis (CF). This work involves transporter studies of the Cl- channel mutated in CF. Our lab also does some related work on the pathogens like pseudomonas and burkholderia that invade the CF lung. Since 1999 my STEM Learning research team has also worked on a variety of education research projects which redesign introductory science and HPS (History, Philosophy and Sociology) courses in Lyman Briggs College by incorporating inquiry into classroom laboratories (Teams & Streams MSU-funded), study the use of visual models (C-TOOLS NSF-funded) and by efforts to bridge the disciplines with inquiry experiences (BRAID NSF-funded). These combine theoretically-based and tested approaches with new ones which may enable students to move from rote-learning toward conceptual understanding of content.

Publications: Douglas Luckie's full Curriculum Vitae including recent research publications.

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