Joseph Bloom

Associate Professor of Genetics and Assistant Director of the Needleman Center for Neurometabolism and Axonal Therapeutics


Joseph has spent most of his life toiling in the trenches of model organism and human genetics, publishing on subjects from axon guidance and retinotopic mapping to drug metabolism and addiction. He is especially interested in common human variants associated with neurological function and disease risk. In his role as assistant director, he seeks to facilitate research in the Milbrandt and DiAntonio labs with the principle goal of making the Needleman Center more awesome. After growing up on the East Coast and receiving his bachelor’s at UC Berkeley, Joseph fell in love with the Midwest and wants to tell you why Saint Louis is an ideal place to live and do science. Outside of lab he enjoys running with his wife and chasing his six children around Forest Park.