Ken at work in Tanzania

Professor Kenneth Daniel Lukowiak




Cumming School of Medicine

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Contact information

Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 220-6872


Laboratory: HSC2104

Preferred method of communication

Email, phone or snail mail about anything


Educational Background

B.S. Biological Sciences, Iona College, 1969

Doctor of Philosophy Neurophysiology, State University of New York, 1973


Areas of Research

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.


Course number Course title Semester
MDSC 409 LEC 01 01 Brain and Society 2021
MDSC 409 LEC 01 01 Brain and Society 2020


Stress, learning and memory

Using ecologically relevant stressors we examine how stress alters learning and memory formation. Some examples are the Garcia-effect; configural learning and transforming a predator-naive strain into a predator-experienced strain.


  • award, 2017
  • award, 2016
  • scholarship, 2015
  • award, 2012
  • salary support award, 2011
  • award, 2009