Dr. Blagg received a B.A. in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from Sonoma State University in 1994. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Utah in the laboratory of Dale Poulter. Following the completion of his Ph.D., he was a NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Institute, wherein he studied in Dale Boger's laboratory until 2002.
Dr. Blagg began his independent research career as a medicinal chemistry professor at The University of Kansas, where he remained until 2017. In 2017, Dr. Blagg became the director of the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development at the University of Notre Dame and the Charles Huisking Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research focuses on the design, synthesis, and evaluation of HSP90 inhibitors.