Dr. John Ladasky serves as a faculty and Research Scientist at ITU, and is also the founder of a biotechnology startup, Blind Watchmaker LLC. His areas of interest include biological instrumentation, spectroscopy, computational chemistry, and immunology.
Dr. Ladasky received his Bachelor degree in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked at Becton Dickinson Biosciences on the research and development of novel medical instrumentation. He earned his Ph.D. from the Graduate Program in Immunology at Stanford University. His dissertation and publications concerned the immunology of owl monkeys, an important laboratory animal in malaria research. As a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Ladasky published novel findings concerning a mechanism used by the human immune system to identify foreign proteins.
Dr. Ladasky is an author on six peer-reviewed scientific publications in the fields of biological instrumentation, immunology, and evolutionary biology. His work at Becton Dickinson resulted in a patent for a novel method for measuring fluorescence lifetimes in biological systems.