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Dharam Vir Ablashi

Dharam Vir Ablashi, American virologist. Achievements include research on herpesvirus; co-discovery of human herpesvirus-6; patent on human herpevirus-6; basic research on human and simian herpesviruses.


  • Ablashi, Dharam Vir was born on October 8, 1931 in Lahore, Panjab, India. Came to the United States, 1959. Son of Maharaj Krishen and Lajwanti Ablashi.

  • Education

    • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Panjab University, Hissar, 1955. Diploma in Bacteriology, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, 1958. Master of Science in Pathology and Virology, University Rhode Island, 1966.


    • Research veterinarian Cobb Breeding Corporation, Milton, New Hampshire, 1966-1967. Research virologist Flow Laboratories, Inc., Rockville, Maryland, 1967-1969. Research microbiologist National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, 1969-1973, head primate virus section, 1973-1979, coordinator DNA virus studies Laboratory Cellular & Molecular Biology, 1979-1992.

      Adjunct professor microbiology Georgetown University Medical School, Washington, since 1989. Senior scientist virology Advanced Biotechs. Inc., Columbia, Maryland, since 1994.

      Consultant immunovirology, Japan, United States of America, Europe, 1992-1994. Advisor World Health Organization Viruses Associate Cancer, 1974-1977. Advisor Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma, University Malaya Postgraduate Institute, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1981.

      Advisor, consultant biomedical companies, 1990-1994. Co-organizer numerous national and international conferences relating to herpesviruses, cancer, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include research on herpesvirus. Co-discovery of human herpesvirus-6. Patent on human herpevirus-6.

      Basic research on human and simian herpesviruses.


    • Co-editor 13 medical books on Epstein-Barr Virus, HHV-6 & HHV-8, 1989-1992. Contributor over 260 articles to medical journals, chapters to books.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Hindu


    Board directors Chincoteague Bay Trail's End Association, Horntown, Virginia, 1976-1998. Member International Association EB Virus (secretary board directors 1987-1994), American Association Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (secretary-treasurer board directors since 1991), International Immunopathology Institute (vice president board directors since 1992), American Association Cancer Research, American Society Microbiology, Society Experimental Biology and Medicine.


    • Married Kristine Louise Upper, August 13, 1966. Children: Kerin Louise, Davinder K., Sameer K.
    • father: Maharaj Krishen
    • mother: Lajwanti Ablashi
    • spouse: Kristine Louise Upper
    • children: Kerin Louise Ablashi
    • Davinder K. Ablashi
    • Sameer K. Ablashi
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    Born October 8, 1931
    • 1955
      Panjab University
    • 1958
      Indian Veterinary Research Institute
    • 1966
      University Rhode Island
    • 1966 - 1967
      Research veterinarian Cobb Breeding Corporation
      Milton, Florida, United States
    • 1967 - 1969
      research virologist Flow Laboratories
      Rockville, Maryland, United States
    • 1969 - 1973
      research microbiologist, National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health
      Bethesda, Maryland, United States
    • 1989
      adjunct professor, microbiology Georgetown University Medical School
      Washington, United States
    • 1994
      senior, scientist virology Advanced Biotechs. Incorporated
      Columbia, Missouri, United States
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