Lois Weisman

Sarah Winans Newman Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences
Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute
Research Focus: Intracellular Trafficking, myosin V motors, signaling lipids, neurons, neurodegeneration, yeast, lysosomes
6437 Life Sciences Institute
210 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2216

Areas of Interest

Basic cell biological functions can be readily studied in yeast. Many yeast genes and pathways are conserved with those in humans. For example, the signaling lipid, PI(3,5)P2 which is important for lysosomes in yeast, is also critical in humans. Mutations in genes that cause a minor defect in the dynamic regulation of this lipid, underlie some neurodegenerative diseases! Yeast can be used to decipher the mechanisms that regulate this lipid, and determine some of its multiple functions.  Determining the roles and regulation of PI(3,5)P2, may provide insights into how to treat some neurological diseases.

Associated Grad Programs

Cell & Developmental Biology, Cellular & Molecular BiologyNeuroscienceMSTP, Chemical Biology


  • University of California-Berkeley, Ph.D., 08/1982
  • Douglass College, Rutgers University, A.B., 06/1974 

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