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Weiming Li, Ph.D.

Research Interests
Primary research objective in my laboratory is to develop a better understanding of lamprey biology. Pursuing this goal has resulted in an array of useful and exciting outcomes. The sea lamprey is an invader of the Great Lakes of North America, and has been highly destructive to the fish community. Our results have enabled a large scale field experiment to develop effective and environmentally benign methods to control the sea lamprey. Moreover, the sea lamprey is one of the few extant jawless vertebrate species. Lampreys arose at the advent of vertebrate evolution. Through examination of the sea lamprey model, we are inferring the origin of vertebrate animals, with a focus on evolution of several physiological mechanisms and gene families.

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Li W, Scott AP, Siefkes MJ, Yun SS, Zielinski BS (2003) A male pheromone in the sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus): an overview. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 28(1-4): 259-262.

Bryan MB, Scott AP, Li W (2007) The sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) has a receptor for androstendione. Biology of Reproduction. 77: 688-696.(This article was highlighted in the Editors’ Choice section, Science 317: 723.)

Chung-Davidson Y-W, Rees CB, Bryan MB, Li W (2008) Neurogenic and Neuroendocrine Effects of Goldfish Pheromones. Journal of Neuroscience 28(53): 14492-14499.

Johnson NS, Yun S-S, Thompson HT, Brant CO, Li W (2009) A synthesized pheromone induces upstream movement in female sea lamprey and summons them into traps. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106: 1021-1026.

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Department of Physiology
 Biomedical Physical Sciences (BPS) Building
567 Wilson Rd Rm 2201

Main Phone: 517-884-5000
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Department Chair

C. Lee Cox
Dr. C. Lee Cox

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Department of Physiology
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