Adam was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, where he was first excited by research as a high school intern for the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems at Youngstown State University. He then attended the Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) where he double majored in chemistry and neuroscience. He performed endocrinology and neuroimmunology research under Dr. Randy Nelson. His undergraduate thesis focused on the physiological effects of chronic stress and dim light at night. Now, Adam is blending his interests in materials chemistry and immunology as a PhD student in chemistry. He is studying the development of cellulose nanocrystal-based vaccines under the mentorship of Professors Aaron Esser-Kahn and Stuart Rowan.
Adam's spirit bird is the Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus). His favorite quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Adam's research includes the use of cellulose nanocrystals for the development of novel vaccine delivery vehicles.