Staff Profile: Joanne M. Lumsden

Joanne M. Lumsden
Joanne M. Lumsden, Ph.D.

Scientific Program Manager (Contractor)

Division of Rare Diseases Research Innovation
Office of Drug Development Partnership Programs

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Joanne Lumsden, Ph.D., is a scientific program manager in NCATS’ Division of Rare Diseases Research Innovation and the Office of Drug Development Partnership Programs. She currently provides scientific and programmatic support for the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network and New Therapeutics Uses program. Previously, she worked on the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) public–private partnership and the Antiviral Program for Pandemics.

Prior to joining NCATS in 2020, Lumsden was a scientific program manager, providing oversight and support for discovery, concept development and clinical research projects for the Naval Medical Research Center’s Malaria Vaccine Development Program. She also worked as an immunologist at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, where she studied immune responses to candidate malaria vaccines in preclinical and clinical studies and served as a research associate for AgResearch, Ltd., of New Zealand, contributing to the development of the first ovine genetic linkage map.

Lumsden received her Bachelor of Science (with first-class honors) in microbiology and her doctorate in immunology from the University of Otago, New Zealand. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Richard J. Hodes at the National Cancer Institute, where she conducted research on the role of costimulatory molecules for T- and B-cell development, activation and effector function. Lumsden also is a certified Project Management Professional.

Research Topics

Lumsden’s scientific expertise and research interests include basic and clinical immunology, vaccine development, and infectious diseases. Professionally, she enjoys combining her scientific and operational experience with project management expertise to manage relationships among diverse scientific and administrative partners.

Selected Publications

  1. IMRAS-A Clinical Trial of Mosquito-Bite Immunization with Live, Radiation-Attenuated P. falciparum sporozoites: Impact of Immunization Parameters on Protective Efficacy and Generation of a Repository of Immunologic Reagents
  2. Protective Immunity Induced with the RTS,S/AS Vaccine Is Associated with IL-2 and TNF-α Producing Effector and Central Memory CD4 T Cells
  3. Differential Requirements for Expression of CD80/86 and CD40 on B Cells for T-Dependent Antibody Responses In Vivo
  4. Differential Requirement for CD80 and CD80/CD86-Dependent Costimulation in the Lung Immune Response to an Influenza Virus Infection
  5. An Autosomal Genetic Linkage Map of the Sheep Genome