Professor, Associate Chair of Radiation Oncology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Field: Biophysical and Biological Research
As a professor and associate chair of radiation oncology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Christopher Lange prides himself on his ability to find new ways to approach problems and discover innovative solutions. At the start of his career, Dr. Lange was interested in the application of the physical ways of thinking and approaches to biological problems. Since many of these problems had to do with growth and genetics, with cancer being the quintessential example of abnormal growth, this heavily influenced his movement into oncology.
Prior to taking up his post with SUNY Downstate, Dr. Lange received extensive training from some of the most prestigious schools in the world, including Stuyvesant High School in New York, MIT and Oxford University. From there, he completed his doctoral studies under Laszlo Lajtha, who was his professor at Oxford. Dr. Lajtha would later became the founding director of the Patterson Laboratories in The Christie Hospital and the Holt Radium Institute in Manchester, where the Medical Research Council gave him the omission and the funding to make the institution the premier cancer research facility in all of Europe. To this day, Dr. Lange feels that having worked with Dr. Lajtha was a huge advantage that continues to set him apart from his peers.
Dr. Lange is motivated by studying problems in-depth, essentially pulling something apart and putting it back together again so that he can understand how it works. He considers the moment of insight, when the solution to the problem is revealed at last, to be the most fulfilling element of his career. Dr. Lange considers his most prominent challenge to be the acquisition of funding for research. While SUNY Downstate employs approximately 30 student volunteers to perform clinical tests and laboratory work, automation is still required to process the statistical data from these tests in order to discern meaningful results. This automation would increase Dr. Lange’s output by at least tenfold, if not by significantly more. Continue reading