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Luke Daniels

Assistant Professor, Biology - College of Idaho • (208) 459-5893

Dr. Daniels’ research interest is sensory biology—how organisms gather information about their environment and use it to make sense of the world they inhabit. Current research projects focus on temperature-sensing (thermosensation). Many organisms rely on thermosensation for survival, and this ability is crucial for physiological and behavioral responses that keep an organism within the narrow range of temperatures that can sustain life. Thermosensation also serves to warn an organism of temperature extremes that damage biological tissues. The goal of the research in the Daniels laboratory is to understand how sensory stimuli are detected at the molecular and cellular level, and how this impacts the physiology and behavior of an organism.


  • Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Southern California, 2009
  • B.S. Biology, Seattle Pacific University, 2001