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Adam B. Fisher

Candidly counting some colonies
Candidly counting some colonies

In nature hybrid species are usually sterile, but in science the reverse is often true.
Hybrid subjects are often astonishingly fertile, whereas if a scientific discipline remains too pure it usually wilts.
- Francis Crick



What I cannot create, I cannot understand.
- Richard Feynman



I am very comfortable with the idea that we can override biology with free will.
- Richard Dawkins



As a researcher, I am broadly interested in integrating approaches and technologies found in synthetic and systems biology, metabolic engineering, chemical biology and quantitative biology to facilitate microbial engineering. At Virginia Tech, I had my first exposure to these emergent fields while working as an undergraduate to build out and characterize a bi-stable genetic toggle switch. Subsequently, I joined the lab of Dr. Stephen Fong at Virginia Commonwealth University endeavoring toward a PhD in Integrative Life Sciences. Currently, I am involved in projects revolving around ex vivo approaches for cloning and synthetic biology, a synthetic biomolecular delivery system and a cost analysis for the interpretation of genome-scale models. My overall research interests include:

  • Cell Free Systems
  • Synthetic gene assembly
  • Protein engineering
  • Synthetic metagenomics
  • Genome-scale metabolic models
  • Statistical models of biological sequences
  • Engineered microbial consortia


Education & Training

Virginia Commonwealth University · Richmond, VA · 2011 — 2014

  • Ph.D. · Integrative Life Sciences
    • Advised by Stephen S. Fong

Virginia Tech · Blacksburg, VA · 2007 — 2011

  • B.S. · Biological Sciences
    • Concentration in Microbiology & Immunology
  • Minor · Business


Publications

  • Fisher, A. B., Canfield, Z. B., Hayward, L. C. & Fong, S. ex vivo DNA assembly. Fronteirs in Bioengineering and Biotechnology (2013). doi:10.3389/fbioe.2013.00012
  • Vanee N, Fisher AB, Fong SS. “Evolutionary Engineering for Industrial Microbiology”. Subcellular Biochemistry: Reprogramming Microbial Metabolic Pathways (New York: Springer Verlag, 2012), Vol. 64.


Presentations

  • Poster - DNA Assembly for free: using cellular lysates to decrease cloning costs, Synthetic Biology 6.0. Imperial College of London, UK 9-12 July 2013
  • Talk/Poster - Cyanobacteria: A sustainable manufacturing platform, iGEM Americas Regional Jamboree. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, 8-10 October 2011


Intellectual Property

  • Fisher AB, Brooks JP, Fong SS (2013) Cellular Strain Design Using Large-Scale Cost Analysis (Virginia Commonwealth University)



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