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Paul Adams B.Sc. (UBC), Ph.D. (UBC)
Paul is equally passionate about teaching and doing research at KPU. He believes that teaching and research reinforce each other. Paul has been in the Biology Department at KPU since 2014. He is trained as a molecular neuroscientist and geneticist and has over 15 years’ experience in molecular genetics laboratory techniques, including PCR, Sanger sequencing, Next Generation Sequencing, quantitative real-time PCR, fragment length analysis, linkage analysis, alternative splicing and genotyping. During his PhD training at UBC, he studied the genetic underpinnings of neurobiology and migraine headaches in patients from the UBC Neurology Clinic. After completing his PhD at UBC in 2010, Paul took a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience Departments at Johns Hopkins University where he studied calcium channel signaling and Parkinson Disease. Since arriving at KPU, Paul has led the acquisition of federal and provincial funds to build research infrastructure and capacity at KPU. He is the current director of the KPU Bio-Innovation Lab.
Areas of Interest
Paul is the current director of the KPU Bio-Innovation Lab. The Bio-Innovation Lab is equipped with state-of-the-art genomics and metabolomics tools, including Sanger Sequencing, Next Generation sequencing, quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Paul’s current research is focused on using advanced genetic and metabolomic tools to improve understanding and innovation in agricultural practice and human health advancements in the Fraser Valley region. He is using genotyping to support product consistency for some industry partners, NGS sequencing to analyze soil microbiota and qPCR for pathogen detection assays in farming. Paul is also using whole exome sequencing to identify causative mutations in BC patients with Ataxia.