Dr. Adams comes from a rich background including industry, government, academic, and nonprofit settings. Throughout, he has focused on applying leading edge genomic and bioinformatic approaches to a variety of research problems in biology.
As one of the founding scientists at TIGR, Dr. Adams contributed extensively to the first genome sequence of a free-living organism, Haemophilus influenzae, and other microbial genomes. A co-founder of Celera Genomics, he led the DNA sequencing and genome annotation groups. He directed the Drosophila, human, and mouse genome sequencing projects, and a large-scale re-sequencing program to identify novel SNPs in humans.
From 2003-2011, Dr. Adams was Associate Professor of Genetics at Case Western Reserve University where he developed a research program in the evolution and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in the nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii. He also served as Director of the Genomics Core facility.
From 2011-2016, Dr. Adams was the Scientific Director and Professor at the J. Craig Venter Institute. There he directed programs that characterized genomic changes in the evolution of antibiotic resistance in hospital-acquired infections.
Dr. Adams received a B.A. in Chemistry from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC and a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Michigan.