COLLEGE OF MEDIAL AND DENTAL SCIENCES – INAUGURAL LECTURE SERIES
PROFESSOR DAVID BLACKBOURN
Title: Journeying into Virology
David Blackbourn completed his PhD in bacterial genetics on Bacillus subtilis at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1990). He then moved to the USA for his postdoctoral studies. There he worked on simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) at the University of California (UC) Davis and then with Dr Jay Levy at UC San Francisco (UCSF) on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
During this period he became a staff scientist at UCSF and developed his interests in Kaposi’s sarcoma, the leading tumour of AIDS patients and subsequently Kaposi’s sarcoma herpesvirus (KSHV), on which his laboratory continues to work. He returned to the UK in 1999 to a lectureship at the University of Glasgow and moved to the University of Birmingham in 2005.