Marshall E. Bloom, M.D.
Chief, Biology of Vector-Borne Viruses Section
Associate Director for Science Management
NIH/NIAID Rocky Mountain Laboratory
Friday, November 1, 2019 @ 3:30 PM
Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center
Dr. Bloom received his M.D. in 1971 from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, and then joined the Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) of NIAID in 1972 as a research associate. From 1975 to 1977, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the NIAID Laboratory of the Biology of Viruses on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. He returned to RML as a tenured investigator in 1977 and was a charter member of the Laboratory of Persistent Viral Diseases. He is a world expert in the molecular biology and pathogenesis of parvoviruses and is considered an authority in biocontainment. In 2004, Dr. Bloom’s research group changed its focus to the biology of tickborne flaviviruses. In 2002, Dr. Bloom was appointed associate director for RML in NIAID’s Division of Intramural Research, and among his accomplishments have been the permitting, construction, and staffing of NIAID’s first biosafety level-4 facility. In 2008, Dr. Bloom was named associate director for science management for RML in NIAID’s Division of Intramural Research. He has also served as acting chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Virology and Laboratory of Human Bacterial Pathogenesis.
New Dimensions in the Study of Tick-borne Viruses
Dr. Bloom’s research interests are the interactions of tick-borne viruses with their arthropod vectors and their mammalian hosts. Viruses in the tickborne encephalitis flavivirus family, like Powassan virus in the US, cause serious diseases like encephalitis and hemorrhagic fever. In his keynote address, Dr. Bloom will discuss the virus-tick-mammal interface and the implications of these interactions for human disease and morbidity.