In December 2006, Dr. Lanier was recruited to the position of Associate Provost for Research and Professor of Pharmacology at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Lanier has been continually supported by the National Institutes of Health since 1985. For the past 20 years, he has studied various aspects of signal processing by neurohormones with a particular emphasis on the super family of receptors coupled to heterotrimeric G-proteins, which mediate the response of the cell to external stimuli. Recent work in Dr. Lanier’s laboratory has identified a number of unique aspects of G-protein mediated cell signaling that have broad implications for basic cellular function and the dysfunction of signaling systems observed in disease.
Dr. Lanier was appointed a Visiting Professor at the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, and has consulted for a number of larger pharmaceutical concerns and biotechnology firms. He has trained over 25 fellows/students who are pursuing careers in biomedical research and has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology, Molecular Endocrinology and the Journal of Biological Chemistry, as well as serving as Chair of the Molecular Pharmacology Division of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
Dr. Lanier is the recipient of numerous awards including a Research Scholar Award from the Yamanouchi Foundation, and an appointment as a Fellow of the American Heart Association.