The Intramural Research Scholar Program aims to build the workforce diversity of independent research scientists by selecting scholars who have a commitment to building a diverse Intramural Research Program (IRP). These scholars will manage resources, including trainees, and are scientifically independent from their previous mentors. Participants are considered highly competitive for Investigator (tenure-track) positions in the IRP and outside after succeeding in this position.
Dr. Philip Adams, postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Gisela “Gigi” Storz, began an Intramural Research Scholar position on August 2, 2020. In his work, Dr. Adams characterizes RNA-mediated gene regulation in Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, during tick and mammalian infection. Check out his research at https://www.nichd.nih.gov/research/atNICHD/Investigators/adams.
Read below to learn more about Dr. Adams, including his thoughts on the importance of diversity in science, followed by a few tips on becoming a successful scientist:
Photo courtesy of Philip Adams
NICHD advisor: Dr. Gigi Storz
Graduate school: University of Central Florida
Specialty interests: bacterial gene regulation, RNA biology, Lyme disease
Hobbies: cooking, traveling and eating new food, group fitness classes, playing with his cat Watson