Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health
BETHESDA, MD 20814 – USA
Dr. Lang received his Ph.D. in Microbiology at Syracuse University and was a Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry at Cornell University where he studied with the late Dr. Efraim Racker. In 1973, Dr. Lang joined the faculty in the Microbiology Department at the University of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. At Cincinnati, his research focused on membrane bioenergetics in bacteria, chemical carcinogenesis and mutagenesis in mammalian cells, and the mouse Na+K+ ATPase. Following a sabbatical in 1981 at the Scripps Research Clinic, Dr. Lang left academia to join a biotechnology company in San Diego, California. He served in various capacities including as a research project leader, and as the Director of Corporate Relations responsible for new project development, technology transfer, and promotion of the Company’s scientific interests to potential new research partners. While in San Diego, Dr. Lang also served as an adjunct Professor of Biology at San Diego State University.
In 1991, Dennis began a 17 year career in U.S federal service at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). During that time he worked at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, was the Enteric Diseases Program Officer at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and became Deputy Director, then Acting Director of the Division of Extramural Research and Training at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Dennis left federal service in 2008 to assume his present position as the Senior Project Coordinator for the MAL-ED project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is an independent contractor working at the Foundation for the NIH and at the Fogarty International Center, NIH. The MAL-ED project studies the incidence and role of enteric infections in the development of malnutrition and its effect on physical growth and cognition in children during their first five years of life. The project is being conducted in eight resource poor communities in Peru, Brazil, Tanzania, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Dennis has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the OHUS since 2010.