Prof Sheila Lukeheart
Understanding Syphilis: Antigenic Variation and Diversity in Treponema pallidum
Using Molecular Approaches to Answer Public Health Questions about Syphilis
Sheila Lukehart is Professor of Medicine and Global Health, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, and Adjunct Professor of Microbiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of California, San Diego, and her PhD in Microbiology & Immunology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Following postdoctoral training at UC San Diego in Immunopathology, she moved to the University of Washington where she joined the faculty. Dr Lukehart is a recognized expert on syphilis and Treponema pallidum, and her research has been actively supported by the National Institutes of Health for over 30 years. Dr. Lukehart has focused her research on the molecular pathogenesis of syphilis and the host immune responses to Treponema pallidum. Although her work is largely laboratory-based, she has also conducted several clinically relevant investigations, most notably on neurosyphilis, syphilis-HIV interactions, and antibiotic resistance in T. pallidum. She has published over 120 original scientific papers, numerous chapters and reviews, and has co-edited a book on Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of Treponemal Infections. In addition, Dr. Lukehart is actively involved in the training of young STD scientists as Director University of Washington STD & AIDS Research Training Program, and former Director of the National Sexually Transmitted Infections Developmental Award Program.