Born and raised in Connecticut, Adrian grew up a New Englander through and through. A childhood of fishing backwoods ponds and rivers fostered a deep love of biology in Adrian, which he then pursued at the University of Connecticut. At UConn, Adrian caught the research bug and was recognized as a University Scholar for his work in the lab, allowing him to complete a self designed MS/BS degree in Structural Biology, and Molecular and Cell Biology. Adrian took three gap years to pursue full-time research on virus structure and the development of new antiviral therapies at Harvard Medical School before returning to the classroom as a student. He is now pursuing a combined MD/PhD degree in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program.
Adrian has worked with students from a variety of backgrounds and ages. As a founding member of UConn’s Genetic Engineering Team, he coordinated undergraduate laboratory training and helped develop a project-based genetic engineering course curriculum. Adrian also has a passion for adult education and has experience teaching writing and computer classes at the Rosie’s Place Women’s Education Center (WEC), a shelter and resource center for poor and homeless women in Boston.
Outside the classroom, Adrian enjoys cooking and hanging with friends and family; he still gets a kick out of finding new backwoods ponds and rivers to fish.