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Dr. Woodburn successfully defended his PhD, “Characterizing HIV infection of the Central Nervous System” on May 18.

Blaide Woodburn ready to go in his Pharmacology white coat as he stands on the UNC Kenan stadium's 50 yard line.

PI:  Dr. Ron Swanstrom

Title of Talk: “Characterizing HIV-1 Infection of the Central Nervous System”

Starting in August, Blaide will be working as a Life Science Consulting at L.E.K. Consulting in Boston, MA where he will aid biopharma, medical device, and healthcare companies solve problems that lie at the interface of science and business.

Awards & Highlight

2X Biomarin RARE Scholars Award, January, 2019, 2020
Issued by BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, this is merit-based scholarship awarded to graduate students living with rare genetic disorders who have demonstrated academic excellence and involvement in community-based extracurricular activities (as per the Biomarin website).

Pharmacology Graduate Student Scholar Award, 2019

Extracurricular Activities/Positions: Co-Partner of Carolina Graduate Consulting Group, Innovation Intern for RTI International Innovation Advisors, DNAli DNA Technologies  within the Nucleate Activator Program, Co-founder of PassioInventa SciCom platform.


Zhou S, Hill CS, Woodburn BMD, Schinazi RF, Swanstrom R. Reply to Troth et al. J Infect Dis. 2021 Oct 28;224(8):1443-1444. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiab363. PMID: 34255064; PMCID: PMC8344773.

Zhou S, Hill CS, Sarkar S, Tse LV, Woodburn BMD, Schinazi RF, Sheahan TP, Baric RS, Heise MT, Swanstrom R. β-d-N4-hydroxycytidine Inhibits SARS-CoV-2 Through Lethal Mutagenesis But Is Also Mutagenic To Mammalian Cells. J Infect Dis. 2021 Aug 2;224(3):415-419. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiab247. PMID: 33961695; PMCID: PMC8136050.

Qiu K, Young I, Woodburn BM, Huang Y, Anselmo AC. Polymeric Films for the Encapsulation, Storage, and Tunable Release of Therapeutic Microbes. Adv Healthc Mater. 2020 Mar;9(6):e1901643. doi: 10.1002/adhm.201901643. Epub 2020 Feb 20. PMID: 32080981; PMCID: PMC7293827.

Pics from his PhD defense

Congratulations, Blaide!  We are proud of you and wish you all the best!