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Michigan State University MSU Neuroscience Program

Weiming Li, PhD

Weiming Li, PhD

Professor, Fisheries and Wildlife, Physiology

Ph.D., 1994, University of Minnesota

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Office Address: 100 Giltner
Office Phone: 517-432-6705

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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.

Recent Publications

  • 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
  • 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.)
  • 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.