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Dr. Blake's Contact Information

Apoptotic macrophages  engulfing asbestos fibers
Apoptotic macrophages
engulfing asbestos fibers

Fort Lewis College
Department of Biology
481 Berndt Hall
Durango, CO 81301

Phone: (970) 247-7570
Email: blake_d@fortlewis.edu
Fax: 970-247-7206

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Education

Positions and Employment

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Fort Lewis College, Durango CO
Adjunct Professor, Pueblo Community College, Durango CO
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Education

University of Montana, Missoula, MT 
    Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Microbiology and Biochemistry
University of Montana, Missoula, MT
    Master of Science in Biochemistry
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 
    Bachelor of Arts, Major in Biology, Minor in Music History

Courses Taught

Fort Lewis College
Biology 497 – Senior Thesis
Biology 496 – Senior Seminar
Biology 460 – Immunology (lecture and laboratory)
Biology 339 – Principles of Toxicology (lecture)
Biology 331 – Microbiology (lecture and laboratory)
Biology 270 – Foundations of Molecular Biology (lecture and laboratory)
Biology 208 – Introduction to Microbiology (lecture and laboratory)
Biology 113 – Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology (lecture and laboratory)
Honors 223 – Homeopathy, Healing or Hogwash (lecture)

Research

Exposure to inhaled environmental toxins and particulates alters the antioxidant/oxidative balance in the lung leading to systemic responses in the body mediated by the innate and adaptive immune system. My research focuses on the cellular and molecular events in pulmonary macrophages and epithelial cells that initiate immunological changes using human and mouse models.

Project 1: Effects of cigarette smoke on human epithelial cells

Project 2: Antiviral activity of sattabacin against the Varicella-Zoster virus (HSV3)

Project 3: Determining the effects of an anti-aging molecule in lung epithelial cells

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