Peter Blair
Associate Professor of Biology

Peter Blair is a molecular parasitologist with areas of focus in malaria biology and genomics. His current research with undergraduates involves coupling bioinformatics and molecular biology techniques to correct the gene models for the rodent malaria parasite, Plasmodium yoelii. Peter regularly involves students in his research, which is funded through the National Institutes of Health.

Contact Info

Campus Mail
Drawer 181

Phone
765-983-1517

E-mail
blairpe@earlham.edu

Office
141 Stanley Hall

Office Hours
Open Door

Programs/Departments

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
  • B.A., Berea College

Selected Courses:

BIOL112: Cells, Genes, and Inheritance
BIOL341: Cell Physiology
BIOL343: Immunology
BIOL382: Seminar in Virology
BIOL461: Microbiology
BIOL462: Parasitology

Balu, B., Blair, P.L., and Adams, J.H. (2009). Identification of the transcription initiation site reveals a novel transcript structure for Plasmodium falciparum maebl. Experimental Parasitology: Jul; 121(1):110-4.

Doolan, D.L. Mu, Y., Unal, B., Sundaresh, S., Hirst, S., Valdez, C., Randall, A., Aguiar, J.C., Blair, P.L., Freilich, D.A., Molina, D.M., Liang, X., Oloo, A., Baldi, P., Davies, D.H., and Felgnar, P.L.  (2008)  Profiling Humoral Immune Responses to P. falciparum infection with protein microarrays.  Proteomics: Nov; 8(22):4680-94.   

Blair, P.L. and Carucci, D.J. (2005).  Functional proteome and expression analysis of sporozoites and hepatic stages of malaria development. Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology: 295:417-438. Review.   

Le Roch, K.G., Zhou, Y., Blair, P.L., Grainger, M., Moch, K.J., Haynes, J.D., de la Vega, P., Holder,   A.A., Batalov, S., Carucci, D.J., and Winzeler, E.A. (2003).  Discovery of gene function by expression profiling of the malaria parasite life cycle. Science: 301(5639): 1503-1508.

Blair, P.L., Kappe, S.H.I., Maciel, J.E., Balu, B., and Adams, J.H. (2002). Plasmodium falciparum  MAEBL is a unique member of the ebl family. Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology: 122(1):35-44.   

Blair, P.L., Witney, A., Haynes, J.D., Moch, J.K., Carucci, D.J., and Adams, J.H. (2002). Transcripts of developmentally-regulated Plasmodium falciparum genes quantified by real-time  RT-PCR.  Nucleic Acids Research: 30(10):2224-2231.

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH)

Indiana College Biology Teachers Association (ICBTA)

Earlham students are motivated, energetic, participatory and experiential learners. They regularly fully engage in both classroom and co-curricular settings. In doing so, they are integrated in a global education that prepares them well for careers that will shape the world.

Malaria is still a scourge to global human health with approximately 1 million annual deaths and 300 million people infected.  During the past 8 years, more than 25 Earlham College undergraduate students have collaborated with me to explore and correct the genomes of malaria parasites. We have found significant gene model corrections for the rodent malaria genome, Plasmodium yoelli, particularly with the multi-exon gene structures. With funding through the National Institutes of Health, we feel we have made an impact at the forefront of novel vaccine and drug discovery. In participating in this research, students became trained in contemporary bioinformatic techniques as well as traditional molecular biology approaches (PCR, cDNA synthesis, and recombinant cloning). A large percentage of these students have now entered graduate and professional schools and are on their way to earning their doctorates in biological and biomedical fields, including medicine.

My family, basketball, soccer, swimming, and strolling in the woods.

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