Dr Marc-Michael Blum
From September 2012 to September 2019, he worked in the laboratory of the Organisation for the Prohibition of chemical Weapons (OPCW) – from July 2017 to September 2019 as the Head of Laboratory. His responsibilities, among others, included general guidance for all research activities, the conduct of the OPCW’s Proficiency Testing program, the lab’s quality system under ISO 17025 and ISO 17043, the initial planning phase of the new Center for Chemistry and Technology and in 2018 he was team leader for the OPCW’s missions to Salisbury and Amesbury following the poisoning of Sergej Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
From 2006 to 2010 he conducted contract R&D work in the area of CBRN defense. Main work was carried out at the Bundeswehr Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Munich on the development of an enzymatic skin decontaminant. From 2010 to 2012 he was a Director’s Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory (NM, USA) continuing work on enzymes-based systems for CW detoxification.
Dr Blum holds a German master’s degree equivalent in chemistry from the Technical University of Braunschweig and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Frankfurt. The topic of his work was the nerve agent degrading enzyme DFPase from squid. In 2008 he finished an additional master’s degree (M.A.) in “War in the modern world” at the department of War Studies – King’s College London. Since 1 November 2020 Dr Blum is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS), Department of War Studies, King’s College, London and is now providing consultancy services the in the field of analysis, countermeasures, decontamination and mitigation of chemical warfare agents with more than 15 years of experience.
He holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Bundeswehr Reserve (NBC troops) and his current assignment is with the German DoD in the unit for arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation.