Joseph Blattman

Joseph Blattman

Associate Professor, Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy


Joseph Blattman is associate professor in the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy and the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.

Blattman’s immunology research focuses on elicitation of T cell responses during vaccination and viral infection. Specifically, his laboratory seeks to understand how T cells are selected for participation in the response to a vaccine or against a pathogen, the immune mechanisms required to elicit such a response, and the consequences of increased T cell immunity during subsequent encounters with a pathogen. These studies include both a theoretical framework for modeling disease and experimental tests of the predictions arising from the models. Currently, his laboratory is trying to link immunological analysis of vaccine responses with epidemiological measures of vaccine efficacy and disease, two fields that have never been combined in a controlled laboratory setting. 

Prior to his time at ASU, Blattman was a research assistant professor at the University of Washington, an affiliate investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and a research affiliate at the Washington National Primate Research Center. Blattman completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and at the University of Washington’s Department of Immunology in the School of Medicine. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Emory University’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Blattman has authored more than 33 peer-reviewed publications and currently serves as a review editor for the journal Frontiers in Mucosal Immunity. He is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health Howard Temin Career Development Award, the NIH Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program, and the Cancer Research Institute James E. Siegel Perpetual Fellowship. He a member of the American Association of Immunologists, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Blattman earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in biochemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno and a doctoral degree in immunology and molecular pathogenesis from Emory University.