Blake is an epidemiologist at The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford. His research is focused on modifiable risk factors for non-communicable diseases, and how these risks may vary within and between populations (particularly by sex and socioeconomic status).
Blake began his population health research career as a Post-Bachelor Fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, where he worked on the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study and community-based projects focused on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries.
He then completed an MPhil in Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar, and subsequently moved to Oxford for a DPhil in Population Health at the Nuffield Department of Population Health. His doctorate examined the association between smoking and cause-specific mortality in large prospective studies from Cuba, Mexico, and the United States.