Gregg P. Adams
Distinguished Researcher Award - Spring 2007
The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member's contribution to scholarship through creation, expansion, and critique of knowledge. Dr. Gregg P. Adams, Professor of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, is the recipient of the Spring 2007 award.
Dr. Adams’ outstanding work has had significant impact in the field of reproductive biology. His groundbreaking research has led to more than 15 scientific “firsts.”
He has worked with a wide variety of mammals, including many endangered species, and has also worked to develop models applicable to humans. His collaborative research with the College of Medicine discovered that women, like some mammals, experience two to three “follicular waves” per menstrual cycle. This finding, with its profound implication for both contraception and assisted reproduction, was identified as one of the Top 100 Science Stories in 2003 by Discover magazine.
Over his distinguished 25-year career as a veterinarian, researcher and educator at the U of S, Dr. Adams has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers in refereed journals as well as writing chapters in books and review articles. Dr. Adams presents his findings at international, national and regional conferences.
Lauded as a world-class researcher by his colleagues, Dr. Adams’ novel research program, leadership and dedication are his signature within the scientific and lay communities.
As the leader of the University’s successful bid for the Biomedical Imaging and Therapy beamline at the Canadian Light Source, he has helped give biological sciences’ researchers across campus the opportunity for great advancements with this powerful new technology.
A hallmark of Dr. Adams’ leadership is never asking others to do anything he would not do himself. His teammates often find him teaching in the field, taking unpopular shifts in large-scale projects and developing new approaches to facilitate research and clinical work.
Dr. Adams’ drive and passion is apparent from his lengthy record of scholarly achievement as well as his devoted mentorship of his students. Over the course of his career he has mentored 25 graduate students and supervised more than 30 summer students.
Dr. Adams earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the U of S in 1982 after completing pre-veterinary classes in biology in 1978. He continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin, earning his Master’s degree in 1987, clinical specialization in 1988, and his PhD in 1991.