Dr. Lukas received his BS 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 City. He went on to earn his PhD in biophysics at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, in 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. At Stanford, he was named NINCDS postdoctoral fellow and NIH postdoctoral trainee.
Dr. Lukas is an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and a member of the ASU-BNI Neuroscience Program at Arizona State University. He is also a member of the Neuroscience Graduate Program and a research professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Arizona and its college of medicine.
He 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. His work focuses on nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, which are relevant to a number of neurological and other diseases, in addition to their roles in nicotine dependence and tobacco-related diseases.