Professor David Adams
Ph.D. in Physiology, University of New South Wales, School of Physiology & Pharmacology, An analysis of ionic channels in Aplysia nerve cell membrane. 1974 - 1978)
Professor Adams' research focuses on membrane receptors and ion channels and is currently funded by an NHMRC Program Grant and ARC Discovery Grants (2015-2019). He is internationally recognised for his contributions to membrane physiology, in particular that of ion channel function and modulation using electrophysiological recording techniques. In the last 20 years, he has identified novel peptides (conotoxins) obtained from the venom of cone snails as probes for ion channel structure and function. This research has focused on investigating conotoxins that selectively target the voltage-gated sodium and calcium channels, nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, and G protein-coupled receptor modulation of calcium channels.