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Michelle A. Berny-Lang, Ph.D.

Dr. Michelle A. Berny-Lang serves as a Project Manager for the Office of the Director within the Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives (CSSI) at the NCI. In this capacity, she participates in the organization, development, and evaluation of CSSI initiatives, working to facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations among researchers and NCI and NIH colleagues.

Before joining the NCI, Dr. Berny-Lang was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, where she investigated the role of platelets and the utility of platelet biomarkers in clinical disorders such as acute coronary syndrome and sickle cell disease. She received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Oregon Health & Science University in 2010. Her research focused on defining the interactions of blood and cancer cells with coagulation proteins under shear flow. Supported by a Whitaker International Fellowship from the Institute of International Education, she conducted one year of doctoral research abroad at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She holds a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from Oregon State University.

Dr. Berny-Lang has co-authored more than 15 publications on the mechanisms of thrombosis and the connections between thrombosis and cancer. She also reviews for the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis. Building upon her research background at the interfaces of bioengineering, cancer, and thrombosis, she aims to encourage alliances across scientific disciplines to stimulate innovative, impactful research.


Michelle Berny-Lang

Michelle A. Berny-Lang, Ph.D.

Project Manager
Office of the Director
Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives
National Cancer Institute