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Namandje Bumpus

Congratulations to Namandjé  for being one of the newly elected 2019 ASPET Council membersNamandjé  will serve as the Councilor and she will begin her term on July 1, 2019.   -3/20/19.

Congratulations to Namandjé  for being awarded the 2019 John J. Abel Award in Pharmacology. The Abel Award is named after the founder of ASPET.  It was established in 1946 to stimulate fundamental research in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics by young investigators. This is a really high honor and the major award in pharmacology for investigators under 45. At 37, Namandjé is one of the youngest people to ever win this award and she is the first African American woman to ever win the Abel Award.

Namandjé is being recognized for her research on the impact of drug metabolites of HIV drugs on their pharmacology and toxicology and on the effect of genetic variation in drug metabolism on anti-HIV drug disposition.

She was nominated by Dr. Paul Hollenberg from the University of Michigan, who stated that "she provides an outstanding role model for junior investigators, particularly for women and underrepresented minorities. She has demonstrated herself to be a very innovative and creative investigator in pharmacology research and has made numerous unique and extremely valuable contributions to the field."

The award will be presented at the ASPET Business Meeting and Awards Presentation during the ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2019 in Orlando, FL on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

Dr. Bumpus will deliver the John J. Abel Award in Pharmacology Lecture titled “Drug Metabolism, Pharmacogenomics and the Quest to Personalize HIV Treatment and Prevention" on Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm. - 1/9/19

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Congratulations to Namandjé for being named associate dean for basic research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Working closely with Antony Rosen, Geraldine Seydoux — vice dean for basic research — and the new director of the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences (IBBS) when he or she is named, Dr. Bumpus will expand on her strong record of service to Johns Hopkins by being an advocate and liaison for basic science faculty members whose primary appointments are in clinical departments. She will work to ensure they have ample opportunities to teach and serve on institutional committees while increasing their interactions with IBBS faculty members. She also will serve as a mentor to junior basic scientists in clinical departments, helping to strategically plan their research programs and earn them local and national recognition. - 7/19/18

 Congratulations to Namandje for being selected as the School of Medicine's 37th recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Professors' Award for Excellence in Teaching in Biomedical Sciences.  This award recognize those faculty members whose investment in teaching School of Medicine learners at both the pre- and post-doctoral levels is of the highest order.  Namandje's selection as this year's recipient confirms that she hold a prominent place in Johns Hopkins University's history of outstanding educators at the School of Medicine, devoting her time and expertise to assist the next generation of graduates. - 4/4/18

Congratulations to Namandje for being invited to give a 30-minute presentation to members of congress and their staff on March 16, 2018. Her talk is entitled, "How Do Our Bodies Process Medicine”, and it will be given before members of congress at a session led by the congressional biomedical research caucus co-chaired by Steve Stivers (R-OH), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Joe Barton (R-TX) and includes 79 other members. - 2/1/18

Congratulations to Namandje for being named one of The Daily Record's 2017 Leading Women.  She was selected based on her professional experience, community involvement, and a commitment to inspiring change (see attached Honoree list).  Namandje will be honored at an awards event on Monday, December 4, 2017. - 11/1517

Congratulations to Namandje for being selected as the recipient of the 2017 ISSX North American New Investigator Award in Honor of James R. Gillette. She was presented the award at the 21st North American ISSX Meeting awards session on Wednesday, September 27 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.  - 11/14/17.

Congratulations to Namandje for being selected as one of the 2017 Leon I. Goldberg Early Investigator Award Recipients. The Leon I. Goldberg Early Investigator Award was established in 1986 to honor a young scientist for accomplishments in the field of clinical pharmacology achieved early in his/her career. - 11/14/17.

Congratulations to Namandje for being nominated by the mayor of the District of Columbia and confirmed by the city council as a science commissioner and the newest member of the Science Advisory Board in the District of Columbia. The board provides scientific oversight for the district’s Department of Forensic Science (DFS) and advises the DFS director, mayor and D.C. city council on matters relating to the department.

The Science Advisory Board (SAB) is comprised of nine-members, which includes five scientists with expertise in scientific research and methodology who have published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Among other responsibilities, they periodically review the Department's program standards and protocols, review allegations of negligence, misconduct, misidentification or other testing errors, and advise the Mayor and the Council on matters relating to forensic science. - 1/24/17

Congratulations to Namandje for being selected to give the 2017 NIGMS Director's Early Career Investigator Lecture!  In April 2017, Namandje will give a 30-minute talk about her research to an audience of undergraduate students, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session, where she will answer career-focused questions.​​  For additional information and to view the 2017 video cast of Namandje's lecture after it is posted in 2017, please click on the following link:  NIGMS Director's Early Career Investigator Lectures.  -- 8/11/16.

Congratulations to Namandje for receiving the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.  This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.  - 2/18/16

Congratulations to Namandje for being named the Associate Dean for Institutional and Student Equity, effective July 1, 2015.  In this new position, Namandje will have two main areas of focus: institutional equity and academic achievement for graduate biomedical students, with special attention paid to helping vulnerable students bridge the opportunity gap and succeed at the school of medicine. Namandje will work to create a culture of inclusion, diversity and cultural competency, with an emphasis on—but not limited to—supporting research scientists at Johns Hopkins. She will help provide insight into institutional equity issues that may prevent Johns Hopkins from fully engaging its diverse scientific community and offer approaches to resolve these challenges.  07/02/15

Congratulations to Julie Lade, graduate student in Dr. Namandje Bumpus' lab, for being awarded FIRST PLACE for ASPET's Division of Drug Metabolism Best Abstract Competition for Graduate Students. 5/18/15

Congratulations to Namandje for being named the recipient of the 2015 Division for Drug Metabolism Early Career Achievement Award by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). - 1/6/15

Congratulations to Julie Lade for being awarded a 2 year pre-doctoral fellowship from the PhRMA Foundation for Pharmacology/Toxicology. - 12/18/14

Congratulations to Namandje for becoming the Deputy to the Associate Dean for graduate biomedical education, effective immediately. 11/21/14

In this new position, Namandje will work closely with Peter Espenshade in his role as associate dean for graduate biomedical education in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Namandje will serve as an advisor and advocate for master’s and Ph.D. students. She will implement and oversee initiatives that are designed to create a culture that values inclusion, growth and well-being of graduate students, particularly focusing on students from underrepresented groups. In this role, she also will be working closely with Daniel Teraguchi, director of the Office of Student Diversity.
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Congratulations to Namandje for being featured in the September 2014 issue of Healthy Living in an article entitled, "Maraviroc dose could be too low for many African-Americans." - 9/12/14

Congratulations to Namandje for being featured in an August 27, 2014 Hopkins Medicine press release entitled, "Dosage of HIV Drug May Be Ineffective for Half of African-Americans". -9/11/14

Congratulations to Namandje for being featured in the August 18, 2014 Issue of Science News (Issue 8) Sponsored by the IBBS in an article entitled, "Namandje Bumpus on chemistry, sports and community service". - 8/18/14

Congratulations to Namandje and her postdoctoral fellow Lindsay Avery for being featured in the February 20, 2014 issue of INSIDE HOPKINS, which highlights a press release entitled, "Obesity-Induced Fatty Liver Disease Reversed in Mouse". PDF

Also, a summary of Namandje's and Lindsay's research appears in the February 2014 issue of the journal Molecular Pharmacology. - 2/20/14

Congratulations to Namandje for winning the prestigious Tanabe Young Investigator Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.  Namandje will receive the award at the annual meeting in September 2014 in Atlanta. -12/19/13

Congratulations to Namandje for being  featured online among other faculty in the June 2, 2011 "Research Spotlight" section of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).