Blake’s enthusiasm for science, but most importantly for research, first took root at the small, private liberal arts school of Mars Hill College. Although he began his undergraduate education with a clear, defined purpose of majoring in biology and minoring in pre-professional studies for a career path as a medical doctor, it did not take long after his microbiology course to realize that he had some underlying passion and excitement for what the naked eye could not see.
Blake continued this new found love for bacteria by following the mountains up to earn his Masters at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where he studied the effect of transport systems on biofilm formation in the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Blake is excited to be following his passion here at Virginia Tech in the Slade Lab where he wants to make an impact on the microbiology and cancer field.
On a lighter note, Blake enjoys drinking Shandy's outside at The Cellar and one day plans to go to Bali to ride an elephant.