User:Adam B. Fisher

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Adam B. Fisher

Adam Fisher candidly enjoying his morning coffee

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. As an undergraduate at Virginia Tech concentrating in Microbiology and Immunology, I had my first exposure to these emergent fields while working in the laboratory of Dr. Jean Peccoud. Alongside Matthew Lux I strove to build out and characterize a bi-stable genetic toggle switch. Subsequently, I've joined the Fong lab 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


  • Vanee N, Fisher A, Fong S. “Evolutionary Engineering for Industrial Microbiology”. Subcellular Biochemistry: Reprogramming Microbial Metabolic Pathways (New York: Springer Verlag, 2012), Vol. 64.


  • 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