Jason Blackard is a virologist who directs a translational research laboratory focused on patient-centered studies of hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), human pegivirus (HPgV), BK polyomavirus, and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). For over 25 years, Blackard has utilized a variety of complementary in vitro and in vivo approaches to understand viral pathogenesis, as well as the impact of viral diversity on diagnosis, treatment, and disease progression. He has developed international collaborations in South Africa, Botswana, India, Nigeria, Mozambique, and Ghana.
In 2017, Blackard was appointed as the Associate Program Director for the NIH-funded KL2 Scholars Program that is responsible for mentoring junior faculty and facilitating their transition to independent research careers. He previously served as the Program Director for the Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine Graduate Program, the Director of the Office of Global Health, and the Director of Medical Student Research Initiatives. Blackard has directly mentored over 40 learners at all levels and advised over 300 students regarding research skills, internal and external funding options, expectations of both mentors and mentees during the research process, and writing robust scientific proposals.