As a Science Program Officer, Adam manages several grant portfolios as a member of the Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative and Marine Microbiology Initiative teams. He also oversees a variety of awards supported by the foundation's Science Program, including science policy grants funding fellowship opportunities in the U.S. federal government and state capitols and expert advice to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Adam leads the Moore Inventor Fellows program, which supports scientist-inventors who create new tools and technologies with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s areas of interest: scientific discovery, environmental conservation and patient care. The foundation will allocate a total of nearly $34 million through 2026 to support 50 Moore Inventor Fellows – five fellows per year for ten years, beginning in 2016.
Adam represents the foundation as part of the Open Research Funders Group to increase open access, data sharing, and open and equitable grantmaking practices.
Prior to joining the foundation, Adam was an Foreign Affairs Officer and AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. He has a broad research background in marine microbiology, natural products biochemistry, genetics, genomics, and drug discovery, and conducted fieldwork in a variety of temperate and tropical locations around the world.
Adam received a B.S. in biology from Providence College, a M.S. in marine biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and a Ph.D. in oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. He completed postdoctoral research as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Tübingen in Germany.
Marine Microbiology Initiative
Moore Inventor Fellows
Special Projects in Science
Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems