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Environmental Health Effects Research Laboratory

Karen L. Mumy, Ph.D.

Dr. Karen Mumy received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University in 1998 and a Doctorate in Microbiology in 2004 from Miami University. Following the completion of her PhD, she had 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 in Boston, Massachusetts. Her post-doctoral research focused on infectious diseases, mucosal immunology, and the underlying mechanisms of inflammation. In 2008, she was appointed to the position of Assistant Microbiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Research Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mumy also performed infectious disease research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She joined the Naval Health Research Center Detachment Environmental Health Effects Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a Research Microbiologist in 2009. In the fall of 2010, the laboratory became the Environmental Health Effects Research Laboratory of the Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton, where she became the Deputy Director in the fall of 2012. After serving as the Deputy Director for over four years, Dr. Mumy became the Director in the spring of 2017 and currently leads a strong team consisting of over 20 active duty, civilians and contractors. Her current research efforts focus on deciphering and addressing the health concerns of Department of Defense Service Members who are exposed to environmental stressors and toxicants.

Dr. Mumy became a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology as a board-certified toxicologist in 2015 and is a member of many scientific societies, including the Society of Toxicology, and the American Society for Microbiology. Dr. Mumy contributed to the most recent edition of the Encyclopedia of Toxicology and her publications have appeared in well-respected journals, including Science, the Journal of Immunology and Cellular Microbiology. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member at Sinclair Community College in the Department of Biology where she teaches microbiology and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Wright State University in the Department of Pharmacology/Toxicology where she teaches graduate courses in Good Laboratory Practices and Biokinetics/Biodynamics.

Naval Medical Research Unit - Dayton