- Class Year2002
- DegreeB.S. Computer Science
Adam, who earned his B.S. in Computer Science in 2002, started researching genomics as a Hauber Summer Research Fellow at Loyola alongside Arthur Delcher, Ph.D., professor emeritus of computer science. His research on human genome sequences contributed to his inclusion on the TIME Magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People of 2022.” He went on from Loyola to earn both a master’s and doctorate in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Adam is currently the head of the Genome Informatics Section and a senior investigator in the Computational and Statistical Genomics Branch at National Human Genome Research Institute. He attributes his success to the mentorship and academic guidance he received from Delcher and Roberta Sabin, professor emerita of computer science, and he says he tries to pay it forward by mentoring students in the summer.
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At the time, as a college student, I did not realize how beneficial a liberal arts education would be for my future career in science. Looking back, it's clear that I benefited tremendously from a core curriculum that included writing and other humanities courses that I probably would not have taken voluntarily.