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Luke De

The Nueva School
Upper School Science Teacher

Luke De became an upper school science teacher at Nueva after working at the Pingry School (K–12) in New Jersey. In addition to developing and teaching several biology courses, Luke led the effort to design and implement a high school science research program in which students engage in independent research, conduct molecular biology experiments, and communicate complex scientific information to the public. He is committed to building programs that put real-world problems into the hands of high school students. As a neuroscientist, Luke researched obesity and then transitioned into addiction, trying to answer the question "Why do people seek drugs despite the harm it causes them?" Luke recently authored an addiction chapter in the text Neuroscience in the 21st Century (Rockefeller/ HINARI Project) and writes for Nature magazine in a blog called "Why Science Matters.” He began his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry where he worked in a joint venture between Procter and Gamble and the University of Cincinnati called the Genome Research Institute. Luke earned a BS in biology with a concentration in philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and his MS in Biology studying the relationship between Testosterone, Empathy and Aggression.