In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) highlighted the accomplishments Dr. Karen Mumy from the Naval Medical Research Unit – Dayton (NAMRU-D).
DAYTON ––In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) highlighted the accomplishments of a number of exemplary individuals across the Department of Defense. Dr. Karen Mumy from the Naval Medical Research Unit – Dayton (NAMRU-D) was one of three individuals featured on the OSD Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity web site.
Director of NAMRU-D’s Environmental Health Research Effects Directorate, Mumy leads a scientific team of over 20 active duty, civilian and contractor scientists focusing on understanding the health concerns of environmental stressors and toxicants on the warfighter.
Having earned a doctorate in microbiology from Miami University, and before moving to NAMRU-D, Mumy completed a joint post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School. Her post-doctoral research focused primarily on infectious diseases, mucosal immunology, and the underlying mechanisms of inflammation.
“I have been fortunate to get to experience various scientific disciplines across my education and career, and continued to learn how to apply scientific information in different ways. To have the opportunity to move from an infectious disease and a basic research background to an applied military research environment was something that appealed to me eight years ago when I joined the lab,” said Mumy. “It’s wonderful to see a different side of how scientific information is used.”
She has had the opportunity to be a member of a number of working groups and panels within the DoD, including the Tri-Service Alternative Fuels Team, and the USAF/Navy F-35 Aeromedical Support Working Group. Additionally, she is board-certified with the American Board of Toxicology, and serves as the Vice Chair of the Tri-Service Toxicology Consortium, and is a member of many scientific societies, including the Society of Toxicology, and the American Society for Microbiology.
She is also a guest lecturer at the Air Force Institute of Technology, in addition to teaching at both Sinclair Community College and Wright State University.
She credits past professors and mentors with her current success and feels positively about OSD’s decision to celebrate female accomplishments for Women’s History Month.
“Along the way, I had several strong undergraduate and graduate school female professors who encouraged me on my path, and also many male professors who were equally encouraging,” said Mumy. “Because of my experience, I find it important to act as a mentor and encourage other young women to go into [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] STEM fields”.
Mumy is a key component to furthering NAMRU-D’s mission to maximize warfighter performance and survivability.
“One of the most wonderful aspects of working at NAMRU-D is the diverse group of people,” she says. “To work alongside people in different disciplines is very refreshing.”
NAMRU-D is a major Navy Medicine research laboratory and subordinate command to the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC). NAMRU-D conducts aerospace medical and environmental health effects research to enhance warfighter health, safety, performance, and readiness. The research conducted at NAMRU-D addresses identified fleet needs, and results in products and solutions ranging from basic knowledge, to fielded technologies