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Nada Lukkahatai, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor
Director of the MSN (Entry into Nursing) Research Honors Program
Nada Lukkahatai
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Adult Health
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Care
  • End of Life
  • Genetics
  • Global
  • Pain/Symptom Management
  • Palliative Care


Nada Lukkahatai has a broad background in nursing, gaining years of experience as a clinical nurse and now as a nurse scientist. Her research focus is to understand the biological mechanisms in the clustering of symptoms. Having gained skills to conduct complex laboratory experiments, using innovative techniques including proteomics and genomics that she learned as a postdoctoral fellow at the Division of Intramural Research, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Lukkahatai has published manuscripts that identify genomic and proteomic markers that can be used as interventional targets for symptom management. She is currently interested in developing non-pharmacological interventions to reduce symptom burden.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    *Lukkahatai, N., Patel, S., Gucek, M., Hsiao, C. P., & Saligan, L. N. (2014). Proteomic serum profile of fatigued men receiving localized external beam radiation therapy for non-metastatic prostate cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 47, 748-756 e744. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.05.016

    *Saligan, L. N., Lukkahatai, N., Holder, G., Walitt, B., & Machado-Vieira, R. (2015). Lower brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels associated with worsening fatigue in prostate cancer patients during repeated stress from radiation therapy. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 1-7. doi: 10.3109/15622975.2015.1012227

    *Lukkahatai, N., Walitt, B., Espina, A., Gelio, A., & Saligan, L. N. (2016). Understanding the association of fatigue with other symptoms of fibromyalgia: Development of a cluster model. Arthritis Care & Research, 68(1), 99-107.

    *Lukkahatai, N., Walitt, B., Espina, A., Wang, D., & Saligan, L. N. (2015). Comparing Genomic Profiles of Women With and Without Fibromyalgia. Biological Research for Nursing, 373-83. doi: 10.1177/1099800415589785

    Lynch Kelly, D., Dickinson, K., Hsiao, C. P., Lukkahatai, N., Gonzalez-Marrero, V., McCabe, M., & Saligan, L. N. (2016). Biological Basis for the Clustering of Symptoms. Seminars in oncology nursing, 32(4), 351-360.

  • Awards/Honors


    2016 The international conference "Optimizing Healthcare Quality: Teamwork in Education, Research, and Practice" Chiang Mai, Thailand: Outstanding Oral presentation

    2012 Top Tier research abstract, 2012 Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science in
    Washington, DC