Namandjé Bumpus to chair Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences

Read about her historic appointment, plus news of other School of Medicine faculty

Namandje Bumpus has been named director of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences and will hold the E.K. Marshall and Thomas H. Maren Professorship in Pharmacology. The promotion makes Bumpus the first African American woman to lead a department at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the only African American woman currently chairing a pharmacology department at any medical school in the nation.

Namandjé Bumpus

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Bumpus researches genetic differences that influence how people metabolize antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV. She says her work aims to correct a long-standing limitation of scientific research, which has focused on European American males in their 20s.

Bumpus joined Johns Hopkins in 2010 as an assistant professor in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology. She became an associate professor in 2015, and from 2015 to 2017, she was the school's first associate dean for institutional and student equity.

Read more about Bumpus' historic appointment on the Hub.

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