CAPT Patrick J. Blair
Naval Medical Research Center-Asia
Dr. Blair is a native of Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Tennessee (Ecology, 1987), before scholarship award to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Graduate Biomedical Sciences Program. In April 1994 he received a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics with a specialty in T Cell Immunology. Between 1994 and 1997, he performed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.
LT Blair was a Principal Investigator in the Immune Cell Biology Program from 1997 until 1999 prior to developing and leading the T Cell Function Section for the Navy-NIH Transplantation and Autoimmunity Branch at the National Institutes of Health (1999 to 2001). LCDR Blair reported to the Naval Medical Research Center Detachment, Lima Peru as the deputy director of the Virology Department from 2001 to 2004. While in South America, Dr. Blair led disease outbreak investigations and conducted in vivo dengue vaccine trials. LCDR Blair was sent to the Navy Medical Research Unit #2, Jakarta Indonesia in 2004 as Director, Viral Diseases Department. While at NAMRU-2 he responded to the 2004 Asian Tsunami and identified the first human cases of avian influenza (A/H5N1) in Indonesia. He co-led renovation and staffing of NAMRU-2’s biomedical laboratory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2006.
In July, 2008, CDR Blair transferred to the Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, California to direct the Respiratory Diseases Department. Over the next four years, he expanded the department’s mission to Operational Infectious Diseases. In 2009, Dr. Blair and his team discovered the first cases of the pandemic A/H1N1 influenza virus. Their subsequent response to the outbreak resulted in award as the top laboratory in the Center of Disease Control and Prevention’s Laboratory Response Network. In July 2011, CDR Blair was recognized with the Delores M. Etter Award for the Navy’s Top Scientist or Engineer.
Between 2012 and 2014, CAPT Blair was the Science Director, Naval Medical Research Center-Asia and Research and Development Liaison Officer, Office of Defense Cooperation, United States Embassy, Singapore. During this tour, he assisted in the transition of NAMRU-2 from Hawaii to Singapore and managed science activities across Southeast Asia. From July 2014 to May 2016, CAPT Blair was the Executive Officer and de facto Science Director at NAMRU-3, Cairo, Egypt, the largest Department of Defense overseas biomedical laboratory.
Dr. Blair holds academic appointments at Wake Forest University and the University of Iowa. He is a consultant for the World Health Organization and has served as an assistant editor or reviewer for thirteen biomedical journals. Blair has published 141 scientific manuscripts and book chapters. His personal decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and Air Force Achievement Medal.