Wonderful Women Wednesday: Dr. Judith Blake

Each week, the Archives features a woman who has been a groundbreaker at the Smithsonian, past or present, in a series titled Wonderful Women Wednesday.

Dr. Judith Blake was a biological technician between 1989 and 1991 and a scientific program administrator between 1991 and 1993 at the Molecular Systematics Laboratory, part of Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. 

Blake has taught biology at various universities since 2002. She is one of the founders and principal investigators of the Gene Ontology project, an international effort to provide controlled structured vocabularies for molecular biology. Blake is also a principal investigator with the Mouse Genome Informatics project, which manages a database resource that provides integrated information about the genetics, genomics, and phenotypes of the laboratory mouse.

Blake holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in biology from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Connecticut.

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