Deborah Lang, Ph.D.


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine - Section of Dermatology, Cancer Research Center, Committee on Cancer Biology, Committee on Molecular Medicine/MPMM


Ph.D., Drexel University, 1998

B.S., Philadelphia University, 1992


The University of Chicago
CLI L518B, (MC 5067)
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Phone:  (773) 702-6005

Webpage (Dept. of Medicine)


Melanocyte Stem Cells and Melanoma

My research focus is on the molecular and cellular biology of melanocyte stem cells and melanoma. I capitalize on the treasure trove of information gained in the field of basic developmental biology of neural crest, the embryonic precursors to the melanocytes. The scientific knowledge of pathways that are already uncovered by developmental biology studies, or are still being defined or discovered, can be applied toward the development of stem cell therapeutics or novel treatments for cancer. The primary focus of the laboratory is melanocyte stem cells and melanoma, and, more precisely, the molecular processes that regulate cellular differentiation, maintenance of the stem cell state, and how these normal processes become corrupted during melanoma tumorigenesis.

Research Papers in PubMed