The primary areas of research interests in Professor Adams' laboratory are in neuroscience and membrane physiology using electrophysiological, molecular biological and fluorescence imaging techniques to study membrane receptors and ionic channels and calcium signalling.
Research in the laboratory focuses on
1. The expression, function and modulation of native receptors and ionic channels in sensory neurons
2. The molecular mechanisms of action of venom peptides on cloned receptors and ion channels expressed in Xenopus oocytes and transfected mammalian cell lines.
Specifically, the laboratory investigates conotoxins that selectively modulate receptor and ion channel function and the ionic mechanisms underlying neuronal excitability in sensory neurons using patch clamp recording techniques.