Lan Zhou, MD, PhD

Professor, Neurology

Lan Zhou


Dr. Zhou is a physician scientist. She is a neurologist, a neuromuscular pathologist, and a muscle research scientist.

Dr. Zhou received an MD degree from Shanghai Medical University (now Fudan University Medical School) in 1989 and a PhD degree in developmental biology from the University of Cincinnati in 1995. She completed her neurology residency at the Wayne State University in 2002 and neuromuscular medicine fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University in 2003. She became a staff neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic in 2003, an associate professor of neurology and pathology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2012, and a professor of neurology and pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2017. She joined Boston University Medical Center in 2019 and became a professor of neurology and pathology in the Departments of Neurology and Pathology, and Vice Chair for research in the Department of Neurology.

Dr. Zhou is a renowned neuromuscular specialist. She treats patients with neuromuscular diseases, performs muscle, nerve, and skin biopsies, and interprets biopsies. She has mentored many fellows, residents, and medical students to conduct clinical and basic research. Her clinical research interest in in neuromuscular diseases, such as myopathies and small fiber neuropathy. Her basic research that has been continuously funded by NIH for over 13 years focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying muscle inflammation and fibrosis associated with muscular dystrophy and acute skeletal muscle injury repair. Her research team has published extensively in the biomedical journals. She has given many invited talks and lectures nationally and internationally. Her clinical research goal is to improve the diagnosis and management of neuromuscular diseases. Her basic research goal is to develop novel pharmacotherapies to modify inflammation, reduce fibrosis, promote regeneration, and improve muscle function and muscular dystrophy phenotype.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine


  • Published on 12/8/2022

    Wang X, Chen J, Homma ST, Wang Y, Smith GR, Ruf-Zamojski F, Sealfon SC, Zhou L. Diverse effector and regulatory functions of fibro/adipogenic progenitors during skeletal muscle fibrosis in muscular dystrophy. iScience. 2023 Jan 20; 26(1):105775. PMID: 36594034.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/11/2022

    Wang X, Zhou L. The Many Roles of Macrophages in Skeletal Muscle Injury and Repair. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2022; 10:952249. PMID: 35898401.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/19/2022

    Abrams RMC, Simpson DM, Navis A, Jette N, Zhou L, Shin SC. Comment on small fiber neuropathy associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection: Author response. Muscle Nerve. 2022 Jun; 65(6):E32-E33. PMID: 35385186.

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  • Published on 3/1/2022

    Rodríguez-Moreno J, Zhou L, Arkun K, Bali D, Reed D, Kalish R, Vullaganti M, Bali T, Soto Ó. Tarui Disease Caused by a Novel PFKM Genetic Variant in a Sub-Saharan African Patient. J Clin Neuromuscul Dis. 2022 Mar 01; 23(3):162-164. PMID: 35188917.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Bhadola S, Tang C, Marks A, Kaku MC, Zhou L, Siao P, Lau KHV. Disparate healthcare access and telehealth-based hybrid consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Work. 2022; 73(2):377-382. PMID: 35938279.

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  • Published on 11/22/2021

    Abrams RMC, Simpson DM, Navis A, Jette N, Zhou L, Shin SC. Small fiber neuropathy associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Muscle Nerve. 2022 04; 65(4):440-443. PMID: 34766365.

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  • Published on 6/25/2021

    Lau KHV, Kaku MC, Marks A, Tang C, Zhou L, Siao P. Optimizing the operation of an electrodiagnostic laboratory during the COVID-19 pandemic: A 6-month single-center experience. Muscle Nerve. 2021 09; 64(3):361-364. PMID: 34131929.

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  • Published on 4/1/2021

    Anand P, Zhou L, Bhadelia N, Hamer DH, Greer DM, Cervantes-Arslanian AM. Neurologic Findings Among Inpatients With COVID-19 at a Safety-net US Hospital. Neurol Clin Pract. 2021 Apr; 11(2):e83-e91. PMID: 33842075.

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  • Published on 3/27/2021

    Zhou L, Siao P. Lateral femoral cutaneous neuropathy caused by prone positioning to treat COVID-19-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome. Muscle Nerve. 2021 06; 63(6):E50-E52. PMID: 33577110.

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  • Published on 3/23/2021

    Zhou L. Small Fiber Neuropathy in the Elderly. Clin Geriatr Med. 2021 05; 37(2):279-288. PMID: 33858610.

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