Professor of Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Physics, Harvard University

Adam E. Cohen, Ph.D.

About the Speaker

Adam Cohen is in the departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Physics at Harvard and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Current research in the Cohen Lab focuses on new approaches to imaging brain function. His work combines protein engineering, cell biology, advanced instrumentation, and development of computational methods.

Adam grew up in New York City. He was an undergraduate at Harvard, and holds PhDs from Cambridge UK (theoretical physics, 2003) and Stanford (experimental biophysics, 2006). While in high school, Cohen won first place in the national Westinghouse Science Talent Search. In 2007 Technology Review Magazine named him one of the top 35 US technological innovators under the age of 35 and in 2012 Popular Science named him one of the top 10 young scientists. He has published over fifty peer-reviewed publications and has five patents issued or pending.

Cohen has also founded a biotechnology startup company, Q-State Biosciences, dedicated to applying stem cell technology and advance imaging tools toward finding better treatments for neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.