Bob Blasdel, PhD: Bob, an Evergreen phage lab graduate with a Master’s degree from Ohio State, has long been interested in the therapeutic applications of phages and has co-authored several articles on the subject with Dr. Kutter and other colleagues. He is now a doctoral student in the Laboratory of Gene Technology at KU Leuven in Belgium, studying the changing patterns of host and phage transcription during infection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa by each of the 6 quite different lytic Pseudomonas phage genera suitable for therapeutic applications, using the powerful new RNA-Seq method of analysis. Bob is very interested in the power of molecular genetics and the details of phage infection, viral ecology and evolution, the mysterious intersections between biofilm ecology and defense against phage in Pseudomonas, and the systems some phage use to eliminate their hosts’ gene expression while protecting their own. He also is our liaison with the European therapeutic phage community.