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Doug Luckie, Ph.D.

Douglas  Luckie
  • Professor
  • LB Course Subject Area: Biology
  • Department of Physiology
  • pronouns: he/him
  • Holmes Hall, W-26D
  • 919 E. Shaw Lane
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • (517) 353-4606


  • LB 144 & 145 Introductory Biology 1 & 2
  • LB 348: Biology 3: Research
  • LB 492: Biology 4: Senior Seminar
  • Education Abroad in Paris, France


I have always been fascinated by science & technology and equally obsessed with music & art. Love the art of Édouard Manet and Damien Hurst, music from John Lennon to Étienne Charles, learning about Space X, NASA, Tesla, our universe, origin of life on earth and mars, what goes on inside living organisms, their anatomy & chemistry and how that is connected with the physiology of the whole organism. I consider teaching my best chance to share my knowledge with, and gain new knowledge from, my students and collaborate with them to pursue learning and research. In the field of physiology I study the malfunction of the membrane channel, CFTR, which causes the disease cystic fibrosis. I'm currently interested in how the broken CFTR causes changes in pH and in testing potential treatments that may restore CFTR function. In the field of education, I study what works best in student learning, I pursue research on how specific changes in teaching can significantly increase student learning in LBC biology courses.


  • Certificats, Université Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV, Cours Civilisation Française. 2007, 2008
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, CF Laboratory (PI: Dr. Jeffrey Wine). 1996
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, Molecular Physiology (PI: Kunio Takeyasu, Ph.D.). 1992
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University, Biology (Advisor: Theodore Hollis, Ph.D.). 1987


Teaching Awards

  • Senior Class Council Outstanding Faculty Award (awarded to five MSU faculty) nominated by seniors of the university and then chosen by student government, the Associated Students of Michigan State University. 2017
  • Honorary Member of Graduating Class (honorable mention) from seniors of MSU Lyman Briggs College. 2017
  • Mid-Michigan Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award (awarded to one MSU faculty) from MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan. 2015
  • MSU Curricular Service-Learning Award (awarded to one MSU faculty) from Michigan State University. 2011


My CF research is focused on the elucidation of the underlying physiological processes that have been disturbed in the disease cystic fibrosis (CF). We've received 10 grants in the last 10 years for our studies of CF from the PACFI Foundation. Our STEM Learning Lab research group has worked on a variety of education research projects. Projects include those that incorporated research into course laboratories (Teams & Streams, MSU-funded), studied the use of visual models (C-TOOLS, NSF-funded for 5 years) and bridged the disciplines with inquiry experiences (BRAID, MSU & NSF-funded over 10 years).


Science Education Research:

  • Luckie, D.B., Hoskinson, A.M., Griffin C.E., Hess A.L, Price, K.J., Tawa, A. & Thacker S.M. (2017). Integrating concepts in biology textbook increases learning: assessment triangulation using concept inventory, card sorting, and MCAT instruments, followed by longitudinal tracking. CBE-Life Sciencse Education, (16)20, 1-10.
  • Luckie, D.B., Rivkin, A.M., Aubry, J.R., Marengo, B.J., Creech, L.R. & Sweeder , R.D. (2013). Verbal final exam in introductory biology yields gains in student content knowledge and longitudinal performance. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 12(3), 515-529.
  • Luckie, D.B., Bellon, R. & Sweeder, R. (2013). Bringing relationships alive through interdisciplinary discourse (BRAID). International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, 19(3), 133-144.
  • Luckie, D.B., Aubry, J.R., Rivkin, A.M., Marengo, B.J., Foos, L.A. & Maleszewski, J.J. (2012). Less teaching, more learning: a 10-year study supports increases in inquiry alongside decreases in “coverage” yield steady gains in student learning of science. Advances in Physiology Education, 36, 325–335. Selected as “Editor’s Pick”
  • Luckie, D.B., Harrison S.H. & D. Ebert-May (2011). Model-based reasoning: creating visual tools to reveal student learning, Advances in Physiology Education, 35(1): 59-67.

Physiology Research:

  • Marquette, C.R. & Luckie, D.B. (2016). Dissection of a mechanistic controversy in cystic fibrosis, JSM Genetics and Genomics, 3(2), 1-11.
  • Luckie, D.B., Van Alst, A.J., Massey, M.K., Flood, R.D., Shah, A.A., Malhotra, V. & Kozel, B.J. (2014). Chemical rescue of ∆F508-CFTR in C127 epithelial cells reverses aberrant extracellular pH acidification to wild-type alkalization as monitored by microphysiometry. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 451(4), 535-540.
  • Luckie, D.B. & Krouse, M.E. (2012). Cystic fibrosis: does CFTR malfunction alter pH malfunction? Genetic Disorders, 12, 319-344.
  • Haenisch, M.D., Ciche T.A. & Luckie, D.B. (2010). Pseudomonas or LPS exposure alters CFTR iodide efflux in 2WT2 epithelial cells with time and dose dependence. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 394(4), 1087-1092.


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