Principal Investigator speaking at event

The PI

Principal Investigator Looking into Microscope closeup


Dr. Joshua Lang is the Vice Chair for Biomedical Research, an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, and a Physician Scientist at the University of Wisconsin with a broad background in molecular biology, medical oncology, and translational research. He completed the American Board of Internal Medicine Research Pathway in the University of Wisconsin Physician Scientist Training Program in 2011 and joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin in 2012 with an independent laboratory in the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) focusing on mechanisms of immune evasion in prostate cancer. This work has led to numerous multi-institution clinical trials, including NCI cooperative group trials, analyzing liquid biopsies in his laboratory.

Dr. Lang’s clinical research activities include Co-Leader of the Tumor Microenvironment (TME) Program of the UWCCC with the goal of translating basic science advances in the TME into biomarkers and therapeutic strategies for patients with advanced cancer and serves as the Faculty Director for the UWCCC Circulating Biomarker Core and Physician Lead for the Liquid Biospecimen Acquisition Team. He is an active member of the Genitourinary Clinical Research Group and Co-Investigator on the Department of Defense funded Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium. In these roles, he has established and led multi-investigator collaborations across Urology, Medical Oncology, Biomedical Engineering, Nuclear Medicine, Pathology, and Bioinformatics. Dr. Lang is also the principal investigator on a UW IRB approved protocol for the collection of blood and tissue from patients with any malignancy for the analysis and comparison of circulating tumor cells with tumor tissue.

Furthermore, Dr. Lang is the Co-Director of the UW Physician Scientist Training Program in the Department of Medicine and serves as the Associate Program Director for Research of the UW Hematology/Oncology fellowship program where he mentors laboratory-based scientists contributing to the discovery mission of the University