Blaide graduated from Eckerd College in 2017 with a B.S. in Molecular Biology. From 2013-2017 he participated in multiple diverse research projects at different institutions across the United States. This included conducting cancer research at Harvard Medical school, investigating the role of oxidative stress in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the Baylor College of Medicine, and culminated with an undergraduate thesis at Eckerd, exploring the role of oxidative stress in Parkinson’s Disease. Blaide is currently a second year PhD student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where he conducts research on the molecular mechanisms giving rise to HIV infection of the brain.
Outside the lab, Blaide has a passion for evidence-based fitness and nutrition and science communication. He has worked as a personal trainer and still creates pro bono fitness and nutrition plans for a diverse set of clients. Blaide also writes for multiple graduate blogs, including one sponsored by the National Institute of Health, and co-created a diverse science communication website called PassioInventa (piphd.com).
In the future, Blaide hopes to use his strong foundation across scientific disciplines to work at the interface of science and business as a Life Science Consultant or Medical Science Liaison.