Namandje Bumpus '03 

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Alumna | Class of 2003

With appreciation for her outstanding achievement in the fields of science and medicine, the Board of Governors honors Namandje Bumpus '03 with the 2021 Alumni Seal Award for Professional Achievement.

Dr. Bumpus is the E.K. Marshall and Thomas H. Maren Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2010. Dr. Bumpus earned a BA in biology at Oxy in 2003. She then went on to complete a PhD in pharmacology at the University of Michigan in 2007, and a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular and experimental medicine at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA in 2010.

I am excited and honored to receive the Alumni Seal Award for Professional Achievement this year. I am a scientist and my lab works on developing drugs mostly for infectious disease, and I got my start at Oxy. I think an important aspect of education at Oxy is the depth and breadth of scientific exposure we get—it’s something that is really a gem at Occidental.”

Dr. Bumpus’ laboratory focuses on defining mechanisms that underlie inter-individual differences in drug outcomes. She is internationally recognized for her contributions to the development of drugs to treat and prevent HIV infection. Her many honors include the Leon I. Goldberg Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the James Gillette Award from the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics, the John J. Abel Award in Pharmacology from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers awarded by the Obama administration.