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LTC Stephen Hummel

Assistant Professor

stephen.hummel@westpoint.edu

Biography


Lieutenant Colonel Hummel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science. He teaches courses in both biology and general chemistry. LTC Hummel was commissioned through officer candidate school in December 2005 as chemical officer. Upon completion of company command, he switched to functional area 52, Nuclear and Counter-WMD. His experiences cover both the tactical and operational level and include serving in armor, light infantry, Stryker, and specialized units such as a nuclear disablement team. He has operational experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.

LTC Hummel has two Masters of Science degrees in Free Radical and Radiation Biology from the University of Iowa and Chemical and Physical Biology from Vanderbilt University. In 2023, LTC Hummel earned his PhD in Biology from Boston College. 

Ongoing Research Projects


LTC Hummel is a Principal Investigator in the Biodefense Protection Technologies Lab focused on developing novel biosensors with single-strand oligonucleotide probes for the detection and quantification of biological and chemical warfare agents as well as physiological markers. His research is a mix of both in silico design and in vitro development. LTC Hummel routinely collaborates with universities, DoD labs, and industry.

Publications & Presentations


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Army Officer Corps Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Foundation Gaps Place Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Operations at Risk – Part 2, LTC Andrew R. Kick, MAJ Bryan Lagasse, MAJ Stephen Hummel, LTC Matthew Gettings, CPT Patrick Bowers, and COL F. John Burpo, CWMD Journal, Issue 24, Summer 2022.

A New Age of Bioterror: Anticiptating Exploitation of Tunable Viral Agents, Stephen Hummel, F. John Burpo, Jeremy Hershfield, Andrew Kick, Kevin J. O’Donovan, and Jason Barnhill, CTC Sentinel, April 2022.

Army Officer Corps Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Foundation Gaps Place Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Operations at Risk – Part 1, LTC Andrew R. Kick, MAJ Bryan Lagasse, MAJ Stephen Hummel, LTC Matthew Gettings, CPT Patrick Bowers, and COL F. John Burpo, CWMD Journal, Issue 24, Fall / Winter 2021.

Engineered Pathogens and Unnatural Biological Weapons: The Future Threat of Synthetic Biology, J. Kenneth Wickiser, Kevin O’Donovan, Michael Washington, Stephen Hummel, and F. John Burpo, CTC Sentinel, August 2020

Small Groups, Big Weapons: The Nexus of Emerging Technologies and Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism, Stephen Hummel and F. John Burpo, Combating Terrorism Center Report, April 2020

Profit-Minded Suppliers: The WMD Pathways and Combating Convergence, Stephen Hummel, Douglas McNair, F. John Burpo, and James Bonner, CTC Sentinel, April 2019

Profit-Minded Suppliers: Convergence of IED Facilitation and WMD Proliferation Networks for Non-State Actors, Stephen Hummel, F. John Burpo, and James Bonner, CTC Sentinel, February 2019

USMA Department of Chemistry and Life Science – Reaction Center for Army Chemical Intellectual Capital, COL F. John Burpo, LTC Richard Comitz, and MAJ Stephen Hummel, Army Chemical Review, Summer 2018

West Point Department of Chemistry and Life Science: Nexus of Army Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Intellectual Capital, COL F. John Burpo, MAJ Stephen Hummel, CWMD Journal, Winter / Spring 2018

The Islamic State and WMD: Assessing the Future Threat, Stephen Hummel, CTC Sentinel, January 2016

STRIKE, Stephen Hummel, December 2015

Automated Analysis of Cell-Matrix Adhesions in 2D and 3D Environments, Joshua Broussard, Nicole Diggins, Stephen Hummel, Walter Georgescu, Vito Quaranta, and Donna Webb, Scientific Reports, 5: 8124, January 29, 2015.

Ebola: Not an Effective Biological Weapon for Terrorists, Stephen Hummel, CTC Sentinel, September 2014

The ISIL’s Theft of WMD Components in Iraq, Stephen Hummel, CTC Sentinel, July 2014

The Biohacker: A Threat to National Security, Stephen Hummel, Vito Quaranta, and John Wikswo, CTC Sentinel, January 2014

The Dangers of Syria’s Chemical Weapons Falling into the Hands of Terrorists, Stephen Hummel, CTC Sentinel, September 2013

Teach Men and Women How to Shoot, CPT Stephen Hummel and LTC Steven Delvaux, Fort Jackson Journal, May 2012

Ascorbate reacts with singlet oxygen to produce hydrogen peroxide, Galina Kramarenko, Stephen Hummel, Sean Martin, and Garry Buettner, Photochemical and Photobiology, 2006, 82(6): 1634 – 1637

Nitric Oxide as cellular antioxidant: a little goes a long way, Stephen Hummel, AJ Fischer, Sean Martin, Freya Schafer, and Garry Buettner, Free Radicals in Medicine and Biology, February 2006, 40(3): 501 – 506

Monte Carlo Simulations of a Nozzle for Treatment of Ocular Tumors, Wayne Newhauser, Nicholas Koch, Stephen Hummel, Matthias Ziegler, and Uwe Titt, Physics in Medicine and Biology, October 2005.

Abstracts & Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

digitalSELEX: An In Silico Oligonucleotide Design Platform for Biosensors and Therapeutics, Stephen Hummel, Jose Bento, and Tim van Opijnen, DTRA S&T Conference, December 2022, (Poster)