Research and teaching
- Behavioural ecology of stress
Dr. Ken Lukowiak's current research interests focus on how environmentally relevant stressors alter long-term memory (LTM) formation - primarily in the pond snail, Lymnaea stagnalis. Stress can either enhance or suppress LTM formation depending on bothe the stressor and when the stress is perceived by the animal. Finally, Lukowiak’s lab is also studying why some snails from local ponds that are geographically close together differ in cognitive abilities. That is, why are snails from one pond smarter than from a closely situated pond. In addition to his current position as Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Lukowiak is a visiting Professor at Tribhuvan University and Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Kathmandu, Nepal. As well he is also visiting professor of Physiology at the Bugando Medical in Mwanza Tanzania. He has been an Editor of JEB (Journal of Experimental Biology) since 2004 and is also on the Editorial Board of the open-access journals Molecular Brain and Communicative and Integrative Biology.