Olivier Zablocki

Olivier Zablocki

Olivier Zablocki

Research Scientist


Room 932, Riffe Building
496 W 12th Ave,
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Virus ecology (soil & human gut)
  • Long-read metagenomics
  • Grants/Manuscript writing
  • Program coordination


  • Education B.S./M.S. in Microbiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2013
  • Ph.D. in Microbiology, University of Pretoria, 2016

Lab: Matthew Sullivan

Sullivan Lab

Olivier's Google Scholar


[21] Dominguez-Huerta, G., [7 authors], Zablocki, O., [18 authors]; Sullivan, M. B. Diversity and Ecological Footprint of Global Ocean RNA Viruses. Science 2022, 376 (6598), 1202–1208.  

[20] Greenlon, A., Sieradzki, E., Zablocki, O., Koch, B. J., Foley, M. M., Kimbrel, J. A., Hungate, B. A., Blazewicz, S. J., Nuccio, E. E., Sun, C. L., Chew, A., Mancilla, C.-J., Sullivan, M. B., Firestone, M., Pett-Ridge, J., Banfield, J. F. Quantitative Stable-Isotope Probing (QSIP) with Metagenomics Links Microbial Physiology and Activity to Soil Moisture in Mediterranean-Climate Grassland Ecosystems. mSystems 2022, e00417-22. 

[19] Zayed, A. A., [8 authors], Zablocki, O., [21 authors], Sullivan, M. B. Cryptic and Abundant Marine Viruses at the Evolutionary Origins of Earth’s RNA Virome. Science 2022, 376 (6589), 156–162.  

[18] Sokol, N. W., Slessarev, E., Marschmann, G. L., Nicolas, A., Blazewicz, S. J., Brodie, E. L., Firestone, M. K., Foley, M. M., Hestrin, R., Hungate, B. A., Koch, B. J., Stone, B. W., Sullivan, M. B., Zablocki, O., Pett-Ridge, J. Life and Death in the Soil Microbiome: How Ecological Processes Influence Biogeochemistry. Nature Reviews Microbiology 2022, 20 (7), 415–430.  

[17] Jang, H. B., Chittick, L., Li, Y.-F., Zablocki, O., Sanderson, C. M.,Carrillo, A.,van den Engh, G., Sullivan, M. B. Viral Tag and Grow: A Scalable Approach to Capture and Characterize Infectious Virus–Host Pairs. ISME Communications. 2022, 2 (1), 1–11. 

[16] Bolduc, B., Zablocki, O., Guo, J., Zayed, A. A., Vik, D., Dehal, P., Wood-Charlson, E. M., Arkin, A., Merchant, N., Pett-Ridge, J., Roux, S., Vaughn, M., Sullivan, M. B. IVirus 2.0: Cyberinfrastructure-Supported Tools and Data to Power DNA Virus Ecology. ISME Communications. 2021, 1 (1), 1–8.  

[15] Sakowski, E. G., Arora-Williams, K., Tian, F., Zayed, A. A., Zablocki, O., Sullivan, M. B., Preheim, S. P. Interaction Dynamics and Virus–Host Range for Estuarine Actinophages Captured by EpicPCR. Nature Microbiology 2021, 6 (5), 630–642.  

[14] Zablocki, O., Michelsen, M., Burris, M., Solonenko, N., Warwick-Dugdale, J., Ghosh, R., Pett-Ridge, J., Sullivan, M. B., Temperton, B. VirION2: A Short- and Long-Read Sequencing and Informatics Workflow to Study the Genomic Diversity of Viruses in Nature. PeerJ 2021, 9, e11088. 

[13] Gregory*, A. C., Zablocki*, O., Zayed, A. A., Howell, A., Bolduc, B., Sullivan, M. B. (* co-first authors). The Gut Virome Database Reveals Age-Dependent Patterns of Virome Diversity in the Human Gut. Cell Host and Microbe 2020, 28 (5), 724-740.e8.  

[12] Bin Jang, H., Bolduc, B., Zablocki, O., Kuhn, J. H., Roux, S., Adriaenssens, E. M., Brister, J. R., Kropinski, A. M., Krupovic, M., Lavigne, R., Turner, D., Sullivan, M. B. Taxonomic Assignment of Uncultivated Prokaryotic Virus Genomes Is Enabled by Gene-Sharing Networks. Nature Biotechnology 2019, 37 (6), 632–639.  

[11] Wilpiszeski, R. L., Aufrecht, J. A., Retterer, S. T., Sullivan, M. B., Graham, D. E., Pierce, E. M., Zablocki, O. D., Palumbo, A. V., Elias, D. A. Soil Aggregate Microbial Communities: Towards Understanding Microbiome Interactions at Biologically Relevant Scales. Applied and environmental microbiology 2019, 85(14):e00324-19. 

[10] Zablocki, O., van Zyl, L., Trindade, M. Biogeography and Taxonomic Overview of Terrestrial Hot Spring Thermophilic Phages. Extremophiles 2018, No. 0123456789.  

[9] Zablocki, O., van Zyl, L. J., Kirby, B., Trindade, M. Diversity of DsDNA Viruses in a South African Hot Spring Assessed by Metagenomics and Microscopy. Viruses 2017, 9 (11).  

[8] Scola, V., Ramond, J.-B., Frossard, A., Zablocki, O., Adriaenssens, E. M., Johnson, R. M., Seely, M., Cowan, D. A. Namib Desert Soil Microbial Community Diversity, Assembly, and Function Along a Natural Xeric Gradient. Microbial Ecology 2018, 75 (1), 193–203. 

[7] Zablocki, O., Adriaenssens, E. M., Frossard, A., Seely, M., Ramond, J.-B., Cowan, D. Metaviromes of Extracellular Soil Viruses along a Namib Desert Aridity Gradient. Genome Announcements 2017, 5 (2), e01470-16.  

[6] Zablocki, O., Adriaenssens, E. M., Cowan, D. Diversity and Ecology of Viruses in Hyperarid Desert Soils. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2015, 82 (3), 770–777. 

[5] Zablocki, O., Rybicki, E., Cowan, D. First Report of a Potyvirus Infecting Albuca Rautanenii in the Namib Desert. Plant Disease 2014, 98 (12), 1749. 

[4] Zablocki, O., van Zyl, L., Adriaenssens, E., Rubagotti, E., Tuffin, M., Cary, S., Cowan, D. High-Level Diversity of Tailed Phages, Eukaryote-Associated Viruses, and Virophage-like Elements in the Metaviromes of Antarctic Soils. Applied and environmental microbiology 2014, 80 (22), 6888–6897. 

[3] Zablocki, O., Pietersen, G. Characterization of a Novel Citrus Tristeza Virus Genotype within Three Cross-Protecting Source GFMS12 Sub-Isolates in South Africa by Means of Illumina Sequencing. Archives of Virology 2014, 159 (8), 2133–2139. 

[2] Zablocki, O., van Zyl, L., Adriaenssens, E. M., Rubagotti, E., Tuffin, M., Cary, S. C., Cowan, D. Niche-Dependent Genetic Diversity in Antarctic Metaviromes. Bacteriophage 2014, 4 (4), e980125.  

[1] Scott, K. A., Hlela, Q., Zablocki, O., Read, D., van Vuuren, S., Pietersen, G. Genotype Composition of Populations of Grapefruit-Cross-Protecting Citrus Tristeza Virus Strain GFMS12 in Different Host Plants and Aphid-Transmitted Sub-Isolates. Archives of Virology 2013, 158 (1), 27–37.