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He received a B.S. degree in physics from the State University of New York College at Cortland and was a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Trainee at Columbia University in New York before obtaining his Ph.D. in biophysics at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York. He received postdoctoral training in Chemical Biodynamics at the University of California, Berkeley, and in Neurobiology at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, where he was NINCDS Postdoctoral Fellow and NIH Postdoctoral Trainee.
Dr. Lukas is currently Member of the Molecular and Cell Biology Program and of the Biomedical Engineering Program at Arizona State University. He is Principal Faculty in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Lukas has been on the grant review committees of a number of organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. He has published extensively in the scientific literature.