Lucas Adams graduated summa cum laude with honors from Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) with majors in Chemistry and Mathematics and a minor in Natural Science in 2016. He was awarded Outstanding Science Graduate, Outstanding Mathematics Graduate, and the W.P. Blake Award, OBU’s highest award for character, scholarship, and leadership.
Mr. Adams earned a 2014 Fleming Scholarship at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) where he studied genetic factors influencing lupus pathogenesis. That same year, he cofounded OBU’s first student research group under Gerard Dumancas, Ph.D., and was first author on their inaugural publication describing the application of machine learning algorithms to predict mortality rates using questionnaire data. Mr. Adams concurrently held a position under Judith James, M.D., Ph.D., at OMRF, where he characterized immunologic trends of lupus patients and developed a cytokine-based diagnostic model for rheumatoid arthritis in American Indians, resulting in a first-author abstract presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in 2016. Mr. Adams joined the Laboratory of Structural Biology Research in July 2016 to study structure-function relationships of HIV-1 assembly and maturation via cryo-electron tomography. He assists in sample preparation, data acquisition, image processing, and visual/statistical analyses.