Lan Wei-LaPierre, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Rochester Medical Center (2014)
  • PhD Molecular Bioscience, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra (2008)
  • M.S. Clinical Medicine (Orthopaedics), Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shenyang, China (2002)
  • B.S Medicine (Orthopaedics), Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Shenyang, China (1998)

Wei-LaPierre CV
Laboratory for Neuromuscular Physiology

Contact Info

FLG 120 | FLG 34,44, 62
P.O. Box 118205
Gainesville, FL 32611-8205
(352) 294- 1754| 


Lan Wei-LaPierre joined the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology in 2020 as a Tenure-track Assistant Professor. As a previous medical doctor, her experience in patient contact inspired her to settle her research interest in identifying new therapeutic target for neuromuscular-related conditions. Dr. Wei-LaPierre has years of experience in studying muscle physiology, particularly in intracellular Ca2+ signaling in different cell compartments in isolated muscle cells.  She has accumulated a wide range of techniques throughout the earlier stage of her career including electrophysiology, confocal microscopy and two-photon microscopy. Her recent research interests are to investigate how mitochondrial Ca2+ and ROS affect the disease onset and progression of ALS and the muscle weakness in Down syndrome.

Research Interests

  • ALS and neuromuscular junction degeneration
  • Muscle weakness in Down syndrome
  • Mitochondrial Ca2+ and redox signaling
  • Intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis
  • Identifying new therapeutic targets for neuromuscular conditions