Dr. Marc-Michael Blum was born in Hamburg in 1974. He studied chemistry at the Braunschweig University of Technology from 1996 to 2002 and subsequently obtained a PhD in biochemistry at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. He completed his studies in chemistry and biochemistry with a Master's degree in "War in the modern world" at King's College. His areas of specialization include weapons of mass destruction, in particular biological and chemical weapons, and international non-proliferation. Dr. Blum was a researcher at the US Los Alamos National Laboratory from 2010 to 2012, and since 2012 he has been employed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), where he was involved in the investigation of the Skripal case, among others. Since 2017, he has headed the OPCW laboratory, while also actively researching, teaching and acting as a field expert.