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New Pharmacology Director

New Pharmacology Director

Namandjé Bumpus is the new director of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences. Bumpus, 39, is the first African American woman to lead a department at the School of Medicine and the only African American woman currently chairing a pharmacology department at any medical school in the nation. Read more.

Biological Chemistry Director

Biological Chemistry Director

Michael Caterina, M.D., Ph.D., has been named director of the Department of Biological Chemistry. Caterina served as interim director of the department for a year after former director Gerald Hart, Ph.D., retired from the Johns Hopkins faculty. Read more.

Ham Smith Award

Ham Smith Award

Neuroscientist Chris Potter received the 2020 Hamilton Smith Award for Innovative Research. Potter’s research focuses on neurological mechanisms responsible for smell in insects. His lab developed new molecular genetic approaches to alter gene expression and to visualize and monitor neuronal responses in insects.

Lee Hood Prize

Lee Hood Prize

Erin Goley, associate professor of biological chemistry, received the 2020 Lee Hood Prize in Biomedical Science. Goley and her students have explored the mechanisms that bacteria use to respond to nutrient availability and other environmental variables to regulate their growth.

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