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Dr. Jacob Adler

Assistant Professor of Practice

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Dr. Jacob  Adler


Biology Education Research


I am very happy to be back at Purdue (B.S. Biochemistry 2004) to excite our new biologists. I have been teaching biology-related courses at all levels for the past 10 years. My work as an educator has included developing C ourse-based U ndergraduate R esearch E xperiences (CUREs) where students are involved in the entire research process and complete authentic research experiences as early as their first year in college during their laboratory courses. By answering questions that are unknown and relevant, student work produced within CURE labs is valuable beyond the classroom. These projects have led to undergraduate students first-author research publications and publications of my educational methodologies. I also focus on pedagogical developments that help promote equity in the classroom including using alternative grading strategies. These CUREs and alternative grading strategies are a major part of my Biology Education Research, where I ask questions about the long-term impacts of these implementations, the perceptions of students, and measuring students' sense of belonging in science and their intrinsic motivation.

I am very excited to assist Purdue students as they discover their place in the biological sciences. I help teach Biol 135, the first-year biology majors laboratory, where students complete an authentic team research project. In their coursework, students explore the impact of the microbiome on urban gardening and apply their biological discoveries impacting the communities in the Greater Lafayette area and globally. Students gain insights into optimizing growing conditions to provide food resources in areas where access to fresh food may be limited.


B.S. Biochemistry, Purdue University, 2008

Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Indiana University, 2013

Selected Publications


Jacob J. Adler , (2023) Fatty Acid Induction of Lipid Droplets in Cancer Cells, CourseSource , 10, https//

Sabel JL, Wright K, Jacob J. Adler , Bates G, Bates L, Pandey S, Simons AM, Swerdlow SJ, Reyna NS, and Hensley L, (2021) Transitioning Cell Culture CURE Labs from Campus to Online: Novel Strategies for a Novel Time, Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education , Vol. 22, 1.

Jacob J. Adler , (2018) Students ‘Tackle’ Quantitative Literacy in their Science Communication with Real-world Football Activity, Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education , Vol. 19, 1.

Kleinschmit A, Jacob J. Adler , Massimelli J, and Vrentas C, (2018) Riboflavin Riboswitch Regulation: Hands-on Learning about the Role of RNA Structures in the Control of Gene Expression in Bacteria, Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education , Vol. 19, 2.

Jacob J. Adler , Judd MV, Bringman LR, Wells CD and Marrs KA (2013) Day as a Pathologist: Utilization of Technology to Guide Students in Exploring Careers in Breast Cancer Pathology, The American Biology Teacher , Vol. 75, 8: 559-565.


Eichholz ME, Ballou MJ, Haight TJ, Minton JL, Oates RN, and Jacob J. Adler (2021) Effect of HER2 Expression on NUPL2 Protein in Cervical Cancer Cells, Kentucky Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship , Vol. 5, 1.

Beams WA, Burelos EL, Dame LR, Hundley CC, Sims LG, and Jacob J. Adler (2017) Rosa hybrid Gene GAPC is Mutated in the Presence of the Rose Rosette Virus, Kentucky Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship , Vol. 1, 1:121-131.

Beams WA, Burelos EL, Dame LR, Hundley CC, Sims LG, and Jacob J. Adler (2016) Accession Gene Sequences from the study: Rose Rosette Virus Mutates the Plant Gene GAPC in Rosa hybrid , National Center for Biotechnology Information (GenBank) , Accession Numbers: KT806117 and KT806118.


Jacob J. Adler , Johnson DE, Heller BL, Bringman LR, Ranahan WP, Conwell MD, Yang S, Hudmon A and Wells CD (2013) Serum Deprivation Inhibits the Transcriptional Co-Activator YAP and Cell Growth via Phosphorylation of the 130-kDa Isoform of Angiomotin by the LATS1/2 Protein Kinases, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , Vol. 110, 43: 17368-17373.

F1000Prime Recommendation: Pan D and Zheng Y: of [Adler JJ et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2013, 110(43):17368-73]. In F1000Prime, 13 Jan 2014.

Jacob J. Adler , Heller BL, Bringman LR, Ranahan WP, Cocklin RR, Goebl MG, Oh M, Lim H, Ingham RJ and Wells CD (2013) Amot130 Adapts Atrophin-1 Interacting Protein 4 to Inhibit Yes-associated Protein signaling and Cell Growth, Journal of Biological Chemistry , Vol. 288, 25: 15181-15193.

Galan JA, Paris LL, Zhang H, Jacob J. Adler , Geahlen RL and Tao WA (2011) Proteomic Studies of Syk-Interacting Proteins Using a Novel Amine-Specific Isotope Tag and GFP Nanotrap, Journal of The American Society for Mass Spectrometry , Vol. 22, 319-328.

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