My name is Tre Blohm. I'm currently a PhD Anthropology student at the University of Montana. I obtained my Bachelors Degree of Science from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh (UWO) in May 2018 and also obtained my Associates of Arts and Sciences form the University of Wisconsin - Fond du Lac in May 2015.
My research interests all started when I got to UWO. When I first began there I was just a biology major planning to get into the healthcare field. My first semester there I took an anthropology class titled "Ancient Civilizations". It was an extremely interesting class and kind of renewed this innate curiosity I've always had about past populations and cultures. I decided to travel to Ukraine for a field excavation that a professor from UWO was in charge of and that was where I was sold on anthropology. My experiences in Ukraine ultimately led me to where I am today.
My particular interest in tuberculosis began back in the cave of Ukraine. I began to notice remains that had peculiarities that were either trauma or pathology. My previous desire for health and biology mixed with my newfound interest in anthropology led me to decide to try to understand disease in past populations. I decided the best route to do this was through the route of ancient DNA.