|Colonel Julia A. Lynch, MD
Deputy Commander for Science
United States Army Medical Component
Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences
COL Lynch received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of California. She completed her medical education at Columbia University in New York on a US Army scholarship with follow-on pediatric residency at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a fellowship in basic science research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the Uniformed Services University of the health sciences. She is board certified in pediatrics and infectious disease and holds a certificate of knowledge from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Tropical Medicine and Travelers Health. She has worked as a clinical Pediatrician for over 20 years both in the US and abroad. From 2000-2006 she served as a Pediatric Residency Program Director at Brooke Army Medical Center and Wilford Hall AF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Throughout her career she has interwoven clinical practice and research. Early laboratory work focused on the cellular immune responses to infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Clinical research areas have included studies of the prevalence of pathogens among military pediatric populations. She also led field epidemiology studies defining the prevalence and causation of malnutrition among children under five in remote rural communities of Honduras effectively intertwining medical research, host nation capacity building and medical education and training. She was the lead in developing the Military Medical Humanitarian Assistance Course which trains military medical providers in the care of civilians in post-war/disaster settings. This training material was subsequently adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a global training aid.
From 2005-2009 she served as director of the Division of Viral Diseases (DVD) at the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research. During her tenure, clinical studies of the second generation cell culture-based Japanese encephalitis vaccine, developed by DVD, WRAIR and Intercell, were completed and the product was licensed by the FDA. The pivotal study of the live oral tableted type 4 and type 7 adenovirus vaccines, developed by DVD, WRAIR and Barr Pharmaceuticals, was completed. Major advancements were also made in development of a tetravalent dengue vaccine. In October 2009 she was appointed the director of the Military Infectious Disease Research Program (MIDRP) at Ft Detrick, Maryland. As the MIDRP Director she managed the product development efforts for vaccines against malaria, dengue and enteric pathogens, as well as the development of new anti-parasitic drugs and infectious disease diagnostics for resource limited settings.
Her military awards include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal. She has won several teaching and research awards including Walter Reed's Baily K. Ashford Award and the Ogden Bruton Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition she is a recipient of the General Mologne Award for Excellence as a Military Physician and the Army Surgeon Generals Physician Recognition Award.