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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.


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.


  • 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.


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.

Maharaj Krishen

Lajwanti Ablashi

Kristine Louise Upper

Kerin Louise Ablashi

Davinder K. Ablashi

Sameer K. Ablashi