Dr Nate Adams Scientist

Hello! I'm a scientist that studies how Life's molecular machines, called enzymes, transform chemical energy into useable work, so that one day we can harness this for improving quality of life. What makes science great for me is not only working in a world class lab studying the fundamental processes of life, but also communicating the wonder of the research.

I write, present and produce high energy science shows, I'm a great fan of fire. I've presented, contributed and written for the BBC, Sky TV, Cheltenham Science Festival, the Big Bang Fair, Edinburgh Festival, The Royal Society of Chemistry and the British Science Association.

I bring science out to the community, by going on tour! Here we are crystallising a protein at Shambala music festival. Going on tour develops staff and students, is a great way of meeting unengaged audiences, and it's fun!

Art and science when carefully titrated together can produce some fantastic results. Here is Metabolon, a collaboration between myself and Seiko Kinoshita.


I produced festivals which celebrate scientific inquiry and achievement, producing the best quality experience for the research community and the audience. KrebsFest celebrated Sir Hans Krebs and his discovery of the Citric Acid Cycle with a beautiful mash up of art and science.

If you wish to get in contact, email me: nathan.adams@gmail.com or find me on twitter @nateadams.

Some of the things I'm interested in: 4 dimensional yoga, world record breaking trashcanos, engaging hard to reach audiences, making art with the molecules, commissioning giant E. coli and exploring virtual reality for education.


I have three main areas of inquiry. My main focus is understanding how a molecular motor in plants 'magnesium chelatase' works - how it starts off the process of metal ion insertion. I've spent the last 10 years slowly dissecting this enzyme, and now we are finally starting to realise how this things works.

Recently I've been working on understanding how marine bacteria are able to take up trace nutrients from the ocean, and how these may be exploited for agricultural or biochemical means.

Within science communication I'm looking at creating events (or interventions) in communities so we can move people from being disinterested and disengaged in science to being interested and wondering how they can find out more.

For full details of my research track record, see my ORCID ID.

My Show Reel

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