Joseph Bloom, PhD

Assistant Director

Dr. Joseph Bloom received his BS in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and his PhD from Washington University where he studied axon guidance and retinotopic mapping with Aaron DiAntonio. After a brief stint in the pharmaceutical industry, Joseph returned to Washington University to perform his postdoctoral studies investigating the human genetics of drug metabolism and substance abuse with Dr. Alison Goate. He eventually became an assistant professor in the department of Psychiatry before moving to Genetics in 2019 when he was recruited to join the Needleman Center. His current research is focused on discovering and characterizing human genetic variation associated with neurological function and disease risk. In his role as assistant director, he seeks to grow the center, foster collaboration, and facilitate the research of member labs.