Adam L. Hughes

Adam was born in Portland, Oregon, but spent most of his childhood years in Kansas City, Missouri and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Adam received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry in 2002 from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and completed his PhD training in 2008 with Peter Espenshade at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After his PhD, Adam trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Dan Gottschling at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center in Seattle until 2014. Since 2014, Adam has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah. Adam’s areas of research interest and expertise include metabolite sensing, organelle biology, aging, and protein quality control. During his career, Adam has received several honors, including a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellowship, an NIH Pathway to Independence Award, a Searle Scholars Award, and a Glenn Award for Research in the Biological Mechanisms of Aging. Away from the lab, Adam enjoys camping, hiking, relaxing, playing sports, and traveling with his family, drinking coffee, and watching his two kids grow up way too fast.

Viplendra Shakya

Postdoctoral Fellow


Troy “TK” Coody

Graduate Student


Alyssa Litwiller

Graduate Student

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Nidhi Raghuram

Graduate Student


Zachary Wilson

Postdoctoral Fellow


Jenna Goodrum

Graduate Student


Max Schuler

Graduate Student

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Emily Pitsch

Graduate Student


Casey Hughes

Graduate Student


Mitchell Wopat

Graduate Student


Tianyao Xiao

Graduate Student

William Barbeau

Lab Technician

The Shaw Lab

Our Close Collaborators


Janet M. Shaw



Agnieszka Lewandowska

Research Associate


Leah VanderMeer

Lab Technician



Brendan Korb

Lab Technician

Current position: Medical School, University of Washington

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Christina Knutson

Lab Technician

Current position: Dental School, University of Utah

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Thane Campbell

Masters Student

Current position: MBA Program, University of Utah

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Austin Lever

Lab Technician

Current position: Medical School, University of Washington

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Tom Tedeschi

Lab Specialist

Current position: Lab Manager, Northwestern University

Open Positions

We are currently looking for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to join our team.

Postdoctoral Candidates

For postdoctoral fellow candidates, please email Dr. Hughes directly

Prospective Students

Prospective students, please apply to Bioscience Ph.D. Program at the University of Utah. We welcome students in the Molecular Biology and Biological Chemistry programs to inquire about potential rotations in the lab.