As a graduate student at Boston University, Mario supervised the research projects of eleven undergraduates, developing a passion for direct one-on-one work with students that remains one of his top priorities. He also engaged in a variety of other teaching and outreach activities including serving as a teaching fellow, and teaching and developing curricula for BU's BIOBUGS high school outreach program (Biology Inquiry & Outreach with Boston University Graduate Students).
Dr. Adams earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry at Boston University in 2007, where he studied the regulation of programmed cell death by intracellular signaling pathways. From 2007-2010, he worked as a research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying Alzheimer's Disease.
He returned to Boston U. in 2010 as an adjunct instructor for the Biology Department, and joined the Neuroscience Program as a Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in Spring 2011. His current research focuses on understanding the cell signaling pathways and gene networks that control differentiation of cells to neurons.
This program is funded by a grant to Boston University's Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Program, awarded in May 2010. Postdoctoral Faculty Fellows (PFF's) have combined a traditional faculty mentored research experience with mentored teaching experiences in preparation for academic careers at institutions where experience and excellence in teaching are especially valued. Fellows have the opportunity to interact with participants of Boston University's Chemistry PFF program, as well as a wealth of scientific resources through local and Boston-wide seminars and meetings.