CAPT Judith E. Epstein is the Clinical Director of the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) Malaria Vaccine Development Program in Silver Spring, MD.
She studied at Columbia University in New York City, NY, where she earned her Bachelors of Science. She later attended Harvard Medical School where she earned her Medical Degree.
After completing her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and her pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Boston, she joined the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in 1998 and served as the Director of the NMRC Clinical Trials Center in Bethesda, MD.
Prior to her current position, CAPT Epstein led clinical trials of candidate malaria vaccines covering a number of platforms including DNA, recombinant and adenovirus- vectored vaccines, and has authored or co-authored more than 60 scientific manuscript and book chapters.
The major focus of her research has been the development and testing of a whole-parasite malaria vaccine where she currently leads U.S. Navy efforts. Her first-author publication providing the results of the first clinical trial with the radiation-attenuated, aseptic, purified cryopreserved Plasmodium falciparum vaccine (Sanaria® PfSPZ Vaccine) appeared in the journal Science.
A Board certified physician in pediatric infectious diseases, CAPT Epstein holds a faculty appointment at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, serving as an Attending Physician at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She is Vice-Chair of the NMRC Institutional Review Board. She is a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She serves on the Scholarly Oversight Committee for Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellow Research, National Capital Consortium and has served as a research mentor to numerous students, residents and fellows. Prior to her medical career, CAPT Epstein was a professional ballet dancer.