Adam R. Pah

Clinical Assistant Professor
Kellogg School of Management

Research Assistant Professor
Associate Director
Northwestern Institute for Complex Systems (NICO)

Management and Organizations
600 N Foster St., Room 110B
EvanstonIL 60208USA
Phone: +1 847-497-1395


I may look familiar because I completed my PhD in the Amaral Lab.

My research journey started with a focus on probing the intricacies of biological processes from the wet bench. However, constant knock-on effects in introducing new genes into plants taught me the importance of the entire organism in terms of building a new understanding. I came to graduate school to study systems biology, but was exposed to something far more sexy: complexity. Needless to say this has shaped not only the lens through which I view the world but also my interests dramatically

As the output of my thesis research I established a framework that to aid in the large scale analysis of metabolic networks. I published this model in Scientific Reports and I distribute a cartographic representation of the model with the MetExplore project. However, near the end of my graduate degree my focus shifted and I became generally more interested in human behavior and dynamics.

I am also deeply interested in and passionate about computational research best practices and attempt to blog about coding on my personal site. I feel that this intersects with my interest in conducting research in an open, collaborative manner and I am looking to share as much of what I do as possible while I learn from others.


  • B. Sc. Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology, Arizona State University (2008)
  • Ph. D. Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences, Northwestern University (2013)

Awards and Honors

  • President's Scholarship (4 years), Arizona State University (2004)
  • Biotechnology Training Grant (2 years), Northwestern University (2009)
  • Chicago Biomedical Consortium Scholar (2 Years), Chicago Biomedical Consortium (2011)