Michael Lawlor, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the Pediatric Pathology Clinical Neuromuscular Laboratory, the MCW Clinical Neuromuscular Laboratory, and Congenital Muscle Disease Tissue Repository, Medical College of Wisconsin. Associate Director of the Neuroscience Research Center, Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Michael Lawlor is Director of two clinical laboratories at the Medical College of Wisconsin that process and diagnose muscle and nerve biopsies. He is also Director of the Congenital Muscle Disease Tissue Repository, which is a central site for the storage and distribution of muscle disease specimens to provide an international resource for human tissue research. Dr. Lawlor completed his clinical training in pathology/neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and postdoctoral research training in the laboratory of Dr. Alan Beggs at Boston Children's Hospital. His postdoctoral research work focused on disease pathogenesis and experimental treatments for X-linked myotubular myopathy (XLMTM) and nemaline myopathy. This work has continued and expanded at the Medical College of Wisconsin, including on-site treatment trials of animal models as well as pathological analyses for preclinical trial studies (including gene therapy, protein replacement therapy, and anti-myostatin therapy) currently being performed worldwide. Additional research efforts in the Lawlor laboratory are focused on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, nemaline myopathy, congenital contractures, and mitochondrial myopathy.