Stephen Lanier, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research, Wayne State University

Stephen M. Lanier (SML) received his doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences and received postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School in the Cardiac Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. SML has served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, the Medical University of South Carolina, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and Wayne State University in Detroit where he also currently serves as the Vice President for Research. SML has also served as Chair of the Department of Pharmacology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans (2001 – 2006) and as the Chief Scientific Officer/Associate Provost for Research at the Medical University of South Carolina (2006 – 2014). On June 16th 2014, SML was appointed as Professor of Pharmacology and Vice President for Research at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Over the past four years, SML has nurtured a range of initiatives focused on the development of thematic, cross-disciplinary programs that connect with challenges facing the city of Detroit and other evolving urban environments. In each of his various institutional leadership roles, SML has developed broad programmatic initiatives across multiple disciplines, strong community ties and significant inter-institutional collaborations and partnerships involving the public and private sector. During this period, SML has addressed major institutional challenges and stressors that have led to transformational change and broad lasting impact. SML is recognized as a creative scientist, respected academician and educator with broad technical expertise and intellectual breadth and many years of contributions to the field of mechanisms of drug action and the biology of cell and system regulation in health and disease. SML is married to Biljana Ivkovic Lanier and they have three children. Biljana holds B.S. degrees in Pharmacy from the University of Sarajevo and the Medical University of South Carolina. She is a board-certified pediatric pharmacist and is employed at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital (Charleston), the Henry Ford Hospital System (Detroit) and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan (Detroit).

Stephen is speaking at

December 1, 2020
8:00 am - 8:30 am


  • Voncile Brown-Miller (Emcee) Community Outreach Manage, Karmanos Cancer Institute/ Wayne State University
  • Rhonda Dailey, M.D. (Co-Chair) Assistant Professor, Department of Family of Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Office of Community Engaged Research
  • Carrie Leach, Ph.D. (Co-Chair) Research Associate, CURES & Institute of Gerontology, WSU
  • Hayley Thompson, Ph.D. (Co-Chair) Professor, Karmanos Cancer Institute - Wayne State University
  • Stephen Lanier, Ph.D. (Host) Vice President for Research, Wayne State University
  • Anne Schwartz, Ph.D. (Host) Deputy Director and Executive Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs , Karmanos Cancer Institute
  • Dell Stubblefield (Speaker) Community Engagement Specialist and CURE Community Advisory Board Member, Hope Village Revitalization


Welcoming remarks from Wayne State University and Karmanos Cancer Institute leadership.  Dell Stubblefield will share a brief history of Detroit.

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