Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Blake received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa in 2010. During his time at UHM he began working as an intern under Sean Callahan from the Department of Microbiology and Greta Aeby from the Hawai‛i Institute of Marine Biology on a newly formed project investigating coral disease in Kāne‛ohe Bay. As an intern he assisted in developing infection trials with the coral Montipora capitata, and initial assessments of the bacterial populations associated with this coral. Blake continued working on coral disease after being accepted into the graduate program at UHM. His primary focus is pathogenesis and the pathogenic bacteria associated with the coral disease Montipora white syndrome (MWS). He is currently focusing on the molecular mechanisms of virulence utilized by these coral pathogens, while also developing them as genetic systems. Blake is also a freezer manager for the Roche on-site freezer program, which supplies discounted enzymes and reagents to Hawaii research laboratories.
For more information on the Roche freezer program:
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University of Hawaii
Department of Microbiology
207 Snyder Hall, 2538 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: 808 956-3658
Fax: 808 956-5430