With a PhD in neuroscience and biophysics from The Rockefeller University, Adria is now using ant colonies to study long-term community self-regulation at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Adria is passionate about spreading the beauty of science and improving critical thinking worldwide in any way possible.
In her scientific life as a researcher, she is studying chemical crowdsourcing of long-term decisions in ant colonies through trophallaxis. This work spans proteomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, protein biochemistry, insect endocrinology, pharmacology, and complex automated behavioral analysis.
Adria did her theater training around the Bay Area of California. In 2006 in New York City, Adria founded her first science-theater collective, The Rockefeller University Improvisational Theater Group. It was in Caspary Auditorium that a group of scientist-actors performed Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51, a play about the discovery of the structure of DNA. In 2012 Adria founded The Catalyst in Lausanne. Since then she has directed, produced and initiated countless projects, and remains The Catalyst's Founding Director.
In addition to her work with The Catalyst, Adria develops coursework and teaches for HEC Lausanne as an adjunct lecturer. She has also been highly involved in TEDxLausanne, as a speaker coach, emcee, and/or curator from late 2012 through the 2017 event. In this capacity, she has coached many speakers including professors and business people from UNIL, HEC, UniNe, IMD, and the Weizmann Institute, one of whom went on to speak at TEDGlobal.
Adria is also a professional speaker herself invited to speak internationally about both her research and about science communication.