Dr. Zygmunt Francis Dembek

Title: Senior Scientist
Company: Battelle Memorial Institute
Location: Suffield, Connecticut, United States

Zygmunt Dembek, Senior Scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in epidemiology, biochemistry and academia.

Dr. Dembek served his country in the United States Army Reserve for over three decades, achieving the rank of colonel, from 1977 to 2011. He enlisted as a biological sciences research assistant and in 1983 received a direct commission as a second lieutenant and biochemist in the Medical Service Corps. His military assignments have been with the U.S. Army Natick Research and Development Command at Natick, Massachusetts, the U.S. Army Environmental Hygiene Agency (USAEHA), Regional Division West (Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center, CO), USAEHA HQ (Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland), and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

In addition, Dr. Dembek served as Senior CBRNE Analyst with VTU-0119 at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island from 1996 to 2005. He received the Legion of Merit for his service as the Director of Education and Training at USAMRIID upon his retirement following 34 years of active and reserve duty. He has also been inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit of the Army Medical Department and was awarded the U.S. Army Surgeon General’s “A” proficiency designator.

As a senior epidemiologist with the Connecticut Department of Public Health for nearly two decades, from 1986 to 2005, Dr. Dembek conducted epidemiological investigations of infectious disease outbreaks, he proactively established various innovative surveillance systems, including those used for laboratory, clinical and syndromic disease surveillance. He is the author or co-author of over 100 publications, many directly relevant to civilian and military medical defense against bioterrorism and biological weapons and served as senior editor of the peer-reviewed Textbook of Military Medicine “Medical Aspects of Biological Warfare”, published by the United States Army.

In more recent years, Dr. Dembek has provided superior education from 2006 to the present and is an adjunct associate professor with Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), whose primary mission is to prepare graduates for service to the U.S. at home and abroad in the medical corps as medical professionals, nurses, and physicians. With Battelle Memorial Institute, an independent not-for-profit organization that advances science and technology to have the greatest impact on our society and economy, Dr. Dembek has found success as a senior research scientist and medical preparedness consultant from 2014 to the present.

To prepare for his career, Dr. Dembek initially obtained a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic and followed with a Master of Science in biomedical science in 1983 from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. He later continued his education with a Doctor of Philosophy in nutritional biochemistry in 1995 from the University of Connecticut in Storrs and a master’s degree in public health in 2005 from the University of Connecticut Health Center. In 2013, Hood College presented Dr. Dembek with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD) as a testament to his stellar contributions to military medicine and public health.

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