Sean Adams

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Research Physiologist, USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Offices and Labs

USDA-ARS WHNRC, 430 W. Health Sciences Dr., Rm. 212, Davis, CA 95616


1994 PhD Nutritional Sciences University of Illinois
1991 MS Marine Sciences UC, Santa Cruz
1988 BA Biology California State University, Fresno

Research Interests

Etiology of obesity and related metabolic disorder

Dr. Adams investigates the etiology of obesity and related metabolic disorders such as diabetes. Research efforts explore which molecular markers and endocrine factors correlate with indices of metabolic health in human nutritional studies and in animal models of obesity, with a primary focus on fat cell physiology and bioactive metabolites emerging from metabolomics studies.

Department and Center Affiliations

USDA-ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center
Department of Nutrition


American Society for Nutrition (ASN)
American Physiological Society (APS)
The Obesity Society

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Graduate Group in Nutrition (GGNB)


  • Pieter J. Oort, Molecular Biologist; Trina A. Knotts, Ph.D., USDA Postdoctoral Fellow; Tamara N. Dunn, GGNB Ph.D. Student; Colin S. McCoin, MCIP Ph.D. student; Daniel Bedinger, MCIP Ph.D. student; Dorothy Kieffer, GGNB Ph.D. student