Charles H Lang

Charles H Lang

Charles H. Lang, PhD, is currently a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, and Professor of Surgery at the Penn State College of Medicine (Hershey, PA). He is also the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. His research has focused on the mechanisms underlying changes in glucose and protein metabolism in skeletal and cardiac muscle, and the role of cytokines in the regulation of the insulin-like growth factor system in regulating muscle metabolism. He has worked extensively on the regulation of translational control of protein synthesis and the development of anabolic resistance during various catabolic states, including sepsis, thermal injury, disuse atrophy, alcoholism and HIV infection. Dr. Lang received his PhD from Hahnemann Medical College and did his NRSA-supported fellowship at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans. Before joining Penn State University, he was Director of Surgical Research at SUNY-Stony Brook. Dr. Lang has been continuously funded by the NIH for 30 years and is the current recipient of an NIH MERIT Award from NIAAA. He has been a permanent member of 2 NIH study sections: Surgery, Anesthesiology and Trauma, and Alcohol and Toxicology IV, and is currently the Chair of the AA-1 study section at NIH. Dr. Lang is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism and on the board for numerous other journals. He is a member of more than ten professional societies. He has served in leadership roles in national scientific organizations as exemplified by his term as President for the Shock Society. Dr. Lang has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles related to altered muscle metabolism during sepsis, alcohol and catabolic illness, and trained more than 20 postdoctoral fellows, surgical residents and graduate students.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, USA