Dr. Tayloria Adams graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with bachelor degrees in Chemical and Life Science Engineering and Applied Mathematics. While at VCU Dr. Adams spent her summers working as a co-op student at Honeywell International Inc. as well as a teaching assistant with the Richmond Area Program for Minorities in Engineering. After completing her undergraduate education, she was awarded the GEM Fellowship and interned with Lexmark International Inc. Dr. Adams attended Michigan Technological University (MTU) where she earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Her doctoral research examined human mesenchymal stem cells’ dielectric behavior for cell sorting in microfluidic devices. She has 3 peer-reviewed journal publications, a book chapter, and Patent No. WO2015051372-A1, as a result of her Ph.D. work.
In addition to research at MTU, Dr. Adams was actively involved with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and worked as an Outreach Coordinator. In this role she provided underrepresented minority students academic support through a tutoring program she developed, which hinged on minority graduate students tutoring minority undergraduate students. Dr. Adams monitored program success and found that the one-on-one sessions with graduate students were widely appreciated and helped increase undergraduate students’ understanding of course topics. Dr. Adams presented her findings at the 2015 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education.
Dr. Adams is committed to helping increase diversity in STEM as well as advancing stem cell research, which motivated her decision to join Dr. Lisa Flanagan’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow in the Neurology Department at the University of California Irvine (UCI). She works in Gross Hall’s Stem Cell Research Center and studies the dielectric and differentiation properties of neural stem and progenitor cells using microfluidic technology. Most recently, Dr. Adams was awarded the National Science Foundation’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology and the Chancellor‘s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCI. She’s excited to have been awarded these funds as they will further advance her research efforts.
Professionally, Dr. Adams is active in a variety of organizations including the National Society of Black Engineers (MTU Chapter President 2010-2011, VCU Chapter President 2007-2008, and Member 2004-Present), the Society of Women Engineers (2016-2018 SWE Magazine Editorial Board and Member 2009-Present), AES Electrophoresis Society (2017 Annual Meeting Organizer and Member 2011-Present), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (VCU Chapter President 2008-2009, Member 2006-Present).
Dr. Adams enjoys the challenging nature of research and is passionate about improving healthcare using microfluidic technology. She looks forward to building her career as a stem cell researcher and continuing her advocacy for minority students in STEM.