Weiming Li, PhD
- Faculty, Training Faculty, Behavioral & Systems, Cellular & Molecular
Professor, Fisheries and Wildlife, Physiology
Ph.D., 1994, University of Minnesota
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.