Lang, James (2)
Position Assistant professor - Doctor of Physical Therapy
Assistant professor - Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
EducationPostdoctoral Fellow, University of Missouri-Columbia
Ph.D. In Kinesiology, Penn State University
M.S. and B.S. In Exercise Science, University of Iowa

2014 research

Currently, the direction of my lab is to examine peripheral autonomic and microvascular function in humans.  This area of research utilizes an in vivo approach to investigate the mechanisms of how cutaneous vessels respond to local or whole-body thermal stimuli.  The utility of measuring vascular reactivity in the skin extends to 1) understanding thermoregulatory mechanisms, 2) an accessible means of studying general microvascular function, and 3) a prognostic indicator of cardiovascular disease since alterations in microvasculature function often precedes more systemic impairment with cardiovascular disease states. 


Lambert, G.P., Lang, J., Welch, R., Lanspa, S. Effect of L-arginine absorption of a glucose-electrolyte solution in humans. J Exercise Physiol Online. 14(4): 75-86, 2011

Simmons, G.H., Padilla J., Young, C.N., Wong, B.J., Lang, J.A., Davis, M.J., Laughlin, M.H., and P.J. Fadel. Increased brachial artery retrograde shear rate at exercise onset is abolished during prolonged cycling: role of thermoregulatory vasodilation. J Appl Physiol. 110(2): 389-397, 2011

Lang, J.A., Holowatz, L.A. and W.L. Kenney. Tetrahydrobiopterin does not affect end-organ responsiveness to norepinephrine-mediated vasoconstriction in aged skin. Am J Physiol Regul. 299(6): R1651-1655, 2010

Holowatz, L.A., Jennings, J.D., Lang, J.A., and W.L. Kenney. Systemic low-dose aspirin and clopidogrel independently attenuate reflex cutaneous vasodilation in middle-aged humans. J Appl Physiol. 108(6): 1575-1581, 2010

Lang, J.A., Holowatz, L.A. and W.L. Kenney. Local tyrosine or tetrahydrobiopterin supplementation corrects the age-related decline in cutaneous vasoconstriction. J Physiol. 588(8): 1361-1368, 2010

Lang, J.A., Jennings, J.D., Holowatz, L.A. and W.L. Kenney. Reflex vasoconstriction in aged human skin increasingly relies on rho-kinase dependent mechanisms during whole-body cooling. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 297(5): H1792-H1797, 2009

Holowatz, L.A., Jennings, J.D., Lang, J.A., and W.L. Kenney. Ketorolac alters blood flow during normothermia but not during hyperthermia in middle-aged human skin. J Appl Physiol. 107(4): 1121-1127, 2009

Lang, J.A., Holowatz, L.A. and W.L. Kenney. Local tetrahydrobiopterin administration augments cutaneous vasoconstriction in aged human skin. J Physiol. 587: 3967-74, 2009

Baker, L.B., Lang, J.A., and W.L. Kenney. Change in body mass accurately and reliably predicts change in body water. Eur J Appl Physiol. 105(6): 959-967, 2009

Lambert G.P., Lang J., Bull A, Eckerson J, Lanspa S, O’Brien J. Fluid tolerance while running: effect of repeated trials. Int J Sports Med. 29(11): 878-882, 2008

Baker, L.B., Lang, J.A., and W.L. Kenney. Quantitative analysis of the serum sodium concentration after prolonged running in the heat. J Appl Physiol. 105(1): 91-99, 2008

Lambert G.P., Lang J., Bull A, Pfeifer P.C., Eckerson J, Moore G, Lanspa S, O'Brien J. Fluid restriction during running increases GI permeability. Int J Sports Med. 29(3):194-198, 2008

Lang J.A., Gisolfi C.V., and G. P. Lambert. Effect of exercise intensity on active and passive glucose absorption. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 16(5): 485-493, 2006

Awards and honors

2010 - Predoctoral Research Recognition Award, Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section, American Physiological Society

2009 - Environmental Graduate Student Research Award, American College of Sports Medicine

2009 - Caroline tum Suden /Francis Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award, American Physiological Society

1999 - USAA All-American Scholar, Nominated by Jerry Maynard, Ph.D., Department of Exercise Science, University of Iowa