PATRICK J. BLAIR, Ph.D
Medical Service Corps, United States Navy
U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3
CAPT Blair serves as the Executive Officer, the Naval Medical Research Unit-3, and Cairo Egypt.
Dr. Blair is a native of Los Angeles, California. A graduate of the University of Tennessee (Biology, 1987), he began his scientific career at Vanderbilt University before award of a scholarship to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Graduate Biomedical Sciences Program, where in April 1994 he received a Ph.D. in Medical Biology with a specialty in Immunology. Blair was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps, U.S. Navy in June 1994 and performed a post-doctorial fellowship with Dr. Carl H. June at the Naval Medical Research Institute from 1994-1997.
LT Blair served as the Deputy Director of the Immune Cell Biology Program from 1997-1999 prior to selection to develop the T Cell Function Section at the Navy-NIH Transplantation and Autoimmunity Branch at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (1999-2001). 2002-2004 LCDR Blair reported to the Naval Medical Research Center Detachment, Lima Peru as the Deputy Director of the Virology Department gaining expertise in infectious disease outbreak response. LCDR Blair was sent to the Navy Medical Research Unit #2, Jakarta Indonesia 2004-2008 where he augmented surveillance networks to capture and characterize emerging infectious disease threats in SE Asia. During his tour, Dr. Blair responded to the 2005 Asian Tsunami in Banda Ache, Indonesia and his team identified the first human cases of A/H5N1 in Indonesia. He co-led the renovation and staffing of NAMRU-2’s biomedical laboratory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
In July, 2008, CDR Blair transferred to the Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, California to head the Respiratory Diseases then Operational Infectious Diseases Departments. Over the next four years, he reorganized and expanded the mission to cover infectious diseases of operational concern at sites across the globe. In 2009, Dr. Blair and his team identified the first cases of the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus. Their subsequent response to the pandemic resulted in award as the top laboratory, in the US CDC’s Laboratory Response Network. In July 2011, CDR Blair was recognized by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy with the Delores M. Etter Award for the Navy’s Top Scientist or Engineer. CAPT Blair returned to SE Asia 2012-2014 serving as the Science Director at the Naval Medical Research Center-Asia (NMRC-A) and the R&D Liaison Officer-Southeast Asia for the Office of Defense Cooperation, United States Embassy Singapore
Dr. Blair holds an academic appointment at the University of Iowa. He is a consultant for infectious diseases at the World Health Organization and has published 130 scientific manuscripts and book chapters. CAPT Blair’s personal decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and Air Force Achievement Medal.