Paul Adams

B.Sc. (UBC), Ph.D. (UBC)
Surrey Office: Fir 347
Surrey Campus: 604-599-2198

I'm equally passionate about teaching and doing research at KPU. I strongly believe that teaching and research reinforce each other. I joined the KPU Biology Department in 2014. I trained as a molecular neuroscientist and geneticist and have 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. In addition to teaching Molecular Genetics (BIOL 3320), I'm also the Director of the KPU Applied Genomics Centre (AGC). The AGC is an applied research centre focused on developing molecular genetic solutions for a wide variety of sectors within agricultural, particularly in British Columbia. The centre opens up opportunities for students in health science, biology, and horticulture programs to gain critical research and development skills while engaged in projects that have a direct impact on their community.

Courses taught

  • BIOL 3320

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.