Dr. Keith Luhrs

Keith Luhrs received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University where he majored in Biochemistry.  He received his Doctorate from the University of California, Irvine in the department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.  His graduate work focused on Chagas Disease induced by the parasite Trypansoma Cruzi.  In his post-doctoral research, he studied cell-signaling in the immune systems, specifically regarding the pathways that dictate whether a cell “decides” to live or die – particularly relevant for cancer as well as auto-immune disorders.  Keith currently works for a small biotechnology company that develops monoclonal antibody therapies where he continues to study cancer immunology.  He has received several fellowships including a Cancer Research fellowship from the NIH.  He has expertise in a wide-range of fields including molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, parasitology, virology, cancer biology, histology and animal models of disease.