Julian Adams

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Julian Adams is the Asia Coordinator for the Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS), a USAID-funded effort run by IFPRI. He is also a professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.[1] "Prior to PBS, Julian worked for 6 years as a consultant and advisor in the Agricultural Biotechnology team in the Bureau of Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade at USAID in Washington D.C."

In his role at the Program for Biosafety Systems, "Julian works with in-country coordinators in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. He has extensive experience in developing Asia biosafety frameworks and guidelines."[1]

Role at the U.S. State Department

Adams began his work with USAID in 2004, working "principally in Asia and particularly with two multilateral organizations APEC and ASEAN."[2] Adams worked in the "Bureau of Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID/EGAT). His primary focus was the development and introduction of genetically-modified (GM) food crops to enhance agricultural production in developing countries; his contributions included drafting regulatory and policy frameworks for the conduct of field trials for GM crops. Dr. Adams’ work in this area supported U.S strategic foreign trade policy to promote exports of U.S.-developed GM crops and agricultural technology."[3]

Research and Experience in Academia

Adams "received his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis [in 1969] and, after spending a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the same institution, he joined the University of Michigan in 1970. He has held visiting appointments at universities in Brazil, France, and Germany. He served as Chairman of the Department of Biology at the University of Michigan from 1996-2001. He received a number of awards throughout his career, including Alexander von Humboldt, Fulbright, Jefferson, and NATO fellowships."[1]

"Dr. Adams' laboratory studies a range of problems in the population genetics and evolution. Current projects concern the molecular and biochemical analysis of the process of adaptation in microbial populations. Dr. Adams also has interests in human population genetics, he is currently working with the genetic and demographic structure of human isolates. Dr. Adams received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis. He has held visiting appointments at universities in Brazil, France and Germany. In 1996 he received a Faculty Recognition Award by the University. He served as Chair of the Department of Biology from 1996-2001. He serves as Associate Editor for the journals Molecular Biology and Evolution and Genetica and was Chair of the 1997 Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Population Biology."[3]

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Related SourceWatch Articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Julian Adams, Program for Biosafety Systems, Accessed October 21, 2011.
  2. Asia BioBusiness Team, Accessed October 21, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Julian Adams, Jefferson Science Fellows, Accessed October 21, 2011.

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