Robert J. Adams, DVM, DACLAM

Robert J. Adams, DVM, DACLAM

Associate Professor

Ross 459
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Cornell University, Ithica NY



Dr. Robert J. Adams is an associate professor of molecular and comparative pathobiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research interests are laboratory animal medicine, nonhuman primate diseases and animal facility design and operation. Serving as a veterinarian at Johns Hopkins for the past 35 years, Dr. Adams has helped to standardize and improve the quality of care for all research animals.

Dr. Adams serves as Director of Research Animal Resources and is the Associate Provost for Animal Research and Resources at Johns Hopkins University. Research Animal Resources (RAR) is Johns Hopkins’ centralized provider of veterinary medical care, research animal husbandry and animal research support. Under his guidance, Johns Hopkins veterinarians provide care or offer guidance for all Johns Hopkins University research animals.

Dr. Adams received his doctorate of veterinary medicine (D.V.M.) from New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in 1973. Following 14 months in private small-animal practice, Dr. Adams entered the post-doctoral training program in laboratory animal medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in October 1974. Following three years of training, he joined the faculty of the Division of Comparative Medicine as an Instructor. He was board certified by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 1979.

Dr. Adams serves on the Johns Hopkins Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC) and Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBC) to ensure quality care for all research animals.


Current Research

Dr. Adams’ research interests are related to laboratory animal medicine, nonhuman primate diseases and animal facility design and operation. He has a particular interest in simian immundeficiency virus in primates. As an acting veterinarian in charge of research animals at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Adams often offers guidance and insight into animal behavior and anatomy to other researchers.


Selected Publications

  1. Karen K, Deal C, Nielsen C, Adams R, Ward C, Espinosa D, Zavala F, Ketner G. A Replicating Adenovirus Capsid Display Recombinant Elicits Antibodies against Plasmodium falciparum Sporozoites in Aotus nancymaae Monkeys. Infect Immun. 2015; 83:268-75
  2. Kelly KM, Tocchetti CG, Lyashkov Al, Tarwater PM, Bedja D, Graham DR, Beck SE, Mtecalf Pate KA, Queen SE, Adams RJ, Paolocci N, Mankowski JL. CCR5 inhibition prevents cardiac dysfunction in the SIV/macaque model of HIV. J Am Heart Assoc. 2014; 3:e000874
  3. Pate KM, Lyons C, Dorsey JL, Queen SE, Adams RJ, Morrell CN, Mankowski JL. TGFβ mediated downregulation of thrombopoietin is associated with platelet decline in asymptomatic SIV infection. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2014; 65:510-16
  4. Baxter VK, Shaw GC, Sotuyo NP, Carlson CS, Olson EJ, Zink MC, Mankowski JL, Adams RJ, Hutchinson EK, Pate KAM. Serum albumin and body weight as biomarkers for the antemortem identification of bone and and gastrointestinal disease in the common marmoset. PLos ONE. 2013; 8:e82747
  5. Kelly KM, Beck DE, Pate KAM, Queen DE, Dorsey JL, Adams RJ, Avery L, Hubbard W, Tarwater PM, Mankowski JL. Neuroprotective maraviroc monotherapy in SIV-infected macaques: reduced replicating and latent SIV in the brain. AIDS. 2013; 27:F21-8