Shirley Luckhart, Ph.D.
Shirley Luckhart is a Professor in the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Professor of Biological Sciences in the College of Science and Co-Director of the Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem at the University of Idaho. Dr. Luckhart has a B.S. from the University of Florida, an M.S. from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers. She is an expert in arthropod-borne infectious diseases. Her background training includes natural resource conservation, entomology, biochemistry, microbiology, parasitology and innate immunity. Dr. Luckhart’s work focuses on malaria, a disease that adversely affects low-income countries throughout the tropics. In particular, her lab has studied murine and non-human primate malaria parasite development and transmission, transmission of the human malaria parasite under field conditions in endemic countries.