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Nicholas Adams

Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Research Focus

Development of diagnostic tools for infectious diseases with a focus on sample preparation, amplification, and detection of nucleic acid and protein biomarkers. 


Nicholas Adams is a Research Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. The overarching goal of his work is to create user-focused diagnostic tools for infectious diseases and address the bottlenecks to getting these tools into the hands of the people that need them the most. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the co-inventor of four patented technologies related to the development of diagnostic tools for settings with limited resources. His motivation stems from extensive time spent in Costa Rica, Peru, and Haiti, where he experienced firsthand the realities of the burden of infectious diseases on people that lack basic healthcare resources. He is convinced that the appropriate application of scientific approaches and creative business models can significantly impact the health and general well being of people with limited access to healthcare resources. Nick completed his graduate work in Chemical and Physical Biology under the direction of David Wright and Rick Haselton at Vanderbilt University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, which was followed by a short postdoctoral fellowship before becoming faculty in Biomedical Engineering in 2014.