Blake Stamps, PhD | Employee Spotlight
August 13, 2019
Blake Stamps, PhD
Integrative Health & Performance Sciences Division
During my PhD at the University of Oklahoma, I had the chance to work in collaboration with UES research scientists that exposed me to some of the outstanding work being done here. I spent three years at the Colorado School of Mines after that, but when the opportunity to apply to a job at UES in the Integrative Health & Performance Sciences division came up, I took it! As a microbiologist, I’ve worked on some strange things. Hunting for natural products in roadkill, biodiesel storage tanks, aircraft, hot springs, hyperalkaline lakes, even microbes from the International Space Station! When I’m not working, I love to bake, brew beer, and spend time with my family as much as I can.
What are your career goals?
I want to know what everything is living in, on, and around us and find a way to use this information to make life a little bit better! I started out looking at microbes in the built environment, or the world we’ve constructed around us, and I’d like to one day link this to the human microbiome I work on now to make that dream come true.
What achievements are you most proud of?
Two projects I’ve had the opportunity of working on: as a graduate student, helping understand how microbes on an aircraft respond to decontamination; and as a postdoc, getting the chance to work at the world’s largest water reclamation facility where we helped to understand how incredibly effective the system was at producing drinkable water from treated sewage.
What is the best advice you've ever heard?
Roll with it! Such a simple phrase but it’s been so important to my life professionally and personally. Experiments might fail, field work and sampling might end up not quite how you thought, but if you can roll with the difficulties you’ll find a way to succeed and have a good time doing it.