Blanco-Melo Lab

Blanco-Melo Lab

Digitally-colorized TEM images from CDC-PHIL.

Digitally-colorized TEM images from CDC-PHIL. Credits: Frederick Murphy, Cynthia Goldsmith, A. Harrison, P. Feorino, A. Balsh, Charles Humphrey & NIAID

Our Research

The Blanco-Melo Lab at Fred Hutch studies the strategies that animal hosts have deployed throughout evolution to combat viral infections. Through the combination of molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics, we seek to characterize modern and ancient viral infections, understand the evolution of our antiviral immune response, and enable the design of broadly acting therapeutics against current and emerging viral threats.

Lab News

ancient viral genome graphic

Ancient viral genomes reveal introduction of HBV and B19V into Mexico during the transatlantic slave trade. Now published in eLife and featured on TWiV.

join our team

Welcome to the lab! Guoyue Xu joined our group for a rotation on March 29, 2022.

Fred Hutch steam plant building

Welcome to the lab! Ting Liu and Ellie McIntosh joined our group on January 4th 2022.                                                                                                                                   

In this lab we believe



We believe that the scientific endeavor is enriched by the inclusion of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and opinions. However, those underrepresented in science still face many challenges that could discourage them from achieving their goals. Therefore, we are committed to build a supportive environment of trust, inclusion and belonging where people can flourish, regardless of their race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or physical ability. 

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