Program Director/Associate Director
Charles H. Lang, PhD, Professor and Vice-Chairman, Cellular and Molecular Physiology, was the Associate Program Director from 2006 through November 2009 and since that time he has served as the Program Director. He is also the current director for the Molecular Medicine Graduate Program. His research has focused on the mechanisms for sepsis-induced changes in glucose and protein metabolism, and the role of cytokines in the regulation of the insulin-like growth factor system. He currently has two NIH grants related to these areas, and one additional NIH-funded project in a peripherally related area. He is currently a permanent member of the Surgery, Anesthesiology and Trauma study section, and in the past has served as an ad hoc member on the NIH Special Emphasis Panel for the review of training programs in Trauma and Burn, Systems and Integrative Biology, and Pharmacological Sciences. Dr. Lang is on the editorial board for Shock, Journal of Nutrition, International Journal of Interferon, Cytokine & Mediator Res; he is also currently an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism but has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of AJP-Endo starting in July 2010. He has served in leadership roles in national scientific organizations as exemplified by his term as the basic science councilor for the Shock Society as well as the Chairman of the Endocrinology and Metabolism Section Program Committee for Experimental Biology. Dr. Lang has published more than 275 peer-reviewed articles related to sepsis and catabolic illness, and trained more than 20 postdoctoral fellows, surgical residents and graduate students.
The Executive Committee, chaired by Dr. Frankel supervises the overall Training Program as well as provides administrative advice and guidance related to the Program to the Director. The initial review of all candidate applications and the selection of the final trainees is the responsibility of this Committee. Currently, this committee is composed of:
Charles Lang, PhD, Chair, Program Director, Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology
Thomas Vary, PhD, Professor, Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology
Lisa Poritz, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Selection of Co-Mentors
Our training program has evolved from a one trainee:one mentor model to a one trainee:co-mentor model. Under this system each trainee has two (2) mentors - one being a clinician-scientist and the other a basic scientist. We believe that a co-mentorship model best addresses the interdisciplinary nature of modern research, and maintains direct supervision of the trainee during periods when one of the mentors is indisposed (e.g., meetings, vacations, and clinical responsibilities). Moreover, this arrangement provides a mechanism for direct interaction between clinical and basic research faculty. Overall, we believe this co-mentor model is a relatively unique aspect of our Program and this arrangement not only improves the research training environment for the fellow but also increases faculty enthusiasm and participation in the Program.
Extramural Program Review
The Training Program has been and will continue to be evaluated by at least two mechanisms. First, all trainees are required to meet and discuss their data with visiting professors. Over the past several years numerous nationally and internationally recognized experts in trauma and injury have presented a research conference and/or Grand Rounds in the Department of Surgery or a seminar in Cellular and Molecular Physiology. Second, the entire program and all trainees will be evaluated on a yearly basis by an external reviewer. This external reviewer is an expert in trauma and injury, and has an exceptional background in the training of postdoctoral fellows.