Shirley Luckhart

​Shirley Luckhart


Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology
Department of Biological Sciences
Co-Director, Institute for Health in the Human Ecosystem

My work for the past 27 years has focused on malaria. In particular, we have studied malaria parasite development and transmission in laboratory models and transmission of human malaria parasites in the lab and under field conditions in endemic countries.

Currently, half of our work is focused on transmission biology in the mosquito host with the other half focused on host immunity and pathogenesis of malaria in model systems.

My lab is recognized internationally for expertise in the biology of the blood feeding interface – that is, how factors in mammalian host blood (drugs, cytokines, parasite factors) influence parasite development and transmission to the mosquito host.