Lani Wu, PhD

Phone: +1 415 502-3196
1700 4th St, Rm 408D
UCSF Box 2540
San Francisco, CA 94158
United States


What I do

In my lab, I seek to understand design principles of biological systems and how biological networks rewire during disease progression. I bring to my biology research a blend of experimental science, engineering, and mathematics. Projects in my lab integrate advance technology, experiment, machine-learning based analysis and data-driven mathematical modeling.

My research expertise

systems biology, cell signaling, cell polarity, collective cell behaviors, Cancer Biology, Drug Discovery, computer vision, image analysis, mathematics

Professional background


Dr. Lani Wu is interested in discovering principles underlying cellular individuality, the emergence of collective cellular behaviors, and the evolution of drug resistance. She also applies the high-throughput technology developed by her laboratory to diverse applications, including mapping paths of signal transduction and accelerating drug discovery. Prior to arriving at UCSF, Dr. Wu has worked at the UT Southwestern, Harvard University, Rosetta Informatics, Microsoft, and Princeton University.

Research keywords

  • Neutrophils
  • Alprostadil
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p21
  • cdc42 GTP-Binding Protein, Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Heterografts
  • Drug Discovery
  • doxorubicin
  • Biological Phenomena
  • Cell Polarity
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-6
  • Protein Kinases
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases
  • Fluorescence Microscopy
  • cell biology
  • Receptor Cross-Talk